Trump's immigration ban has taken another big blow in court
- Author: Phil Peters Feb 15, 2017,
Feb 15, 2017, 0:54
A federal judge in Virginia has issued a preliminary injunction to halt enforcement President Trump's travel ban, according to reports, the latest setback against the president's executive order. The ban is directed at seven Muslim-majority countries.
"The judge said he therefore upheld the previous ruling of the Ninth District US federal court on the West Coast that had upheld the stay". "This preliminary injunction will protect Virginians while our case is pending, and the opinion explaining it lays out in stunning detail the extent to which the Court finds this order to likely violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution". She said the evidence introduced so far indicates that Virginia's challenge to the ban will succeed once it proceeds to trial.
"Focusing only the "harms" of the executive order on Virginia residents - at least 350 students attending universities in the state, and countless state residents with a green card - Brinkema said the administration has yet to provide evidence of how the executive order will make the country safer, or or even described the process by which the president concluded that this action was necessary".
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who argued the case against the ban, praised the judge's decision saying "the overwhelming evidence shows that this ban was conceived in religious bigotry".
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A final ruling will take months, but in the meantime Brinkema's ruling will specifically extend to all Virginia residents affected by the ban, which extends to green card holders as well as workers and students in the Commonwealth who were lawfully admitted into the country when the ban went into effect on January 27.
President Donald Trump's travel ban has been enjoined in Virginia.
"The president himself acknowledged the conceptual link between a Muslim ban and the EO (executive order)", Judge Brinkema wrote.
"Maximum power does not mean absolute power", Brinkema wrote of the president's claim of statutory authority for the order under federal law.