Second Federal Court Blocks Trump's Immigration Ban
What does the White House do next?
(WBEN/AP) - Two federal courts have now blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. A federal judge in Maryland just blocked the executive order this morning. Yesterday, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the ban, rejecting the government's claims that the revised travel ban is about national security, not discrimination.
Because of the court's reasoning UB Law Professor Rick Su, who specializes in immigration, said this time a new Executive Order is likely not in the cards.
"There's really at this point nothing the Trump administration can do short of withdrawing the order entirely," said Su. "The problem is just the statements that he had made on the campaign trail surrounding this particular issue, and those statements can't be taken back."
The President has said the administration will fight the ruling all the way to the Supreme Court.
Su said in the meantime, the President might want to focus on something else.
"If I were to be advising the Trump administration right now, I would say that the reason you're putting out the order is in order to develop a better vetting system," Su said. "None of these court cases prevent you from doing so. In fact, if you were to focus on developing a better vetting system, it actually helps you in trial. You could them come in and say it was really about the vetting system and not about what I said on the campaign."
U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang, the federal judge in Maryland, called Trump's own statements about his intentions to impose the restrictions "highly relevant."
Chuang noted Trump's second executive order does include changes from the first order, such as the removal of a preference for religious minorities in the refugee process. Chuang said the purpose of the second order "remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban."