The State Department has told its embassies and consulates to process visas from six of the eight countries named in Trump’s latest Muslim ban. Those countries are Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad. The State Department is merely following another court injunction from a Hawaii district judge, and Trump will absolutely hate that. He claims he’s just trying to keep us safe, but we all know the truth even if Trump and his immediate staff aren’t willing to acknowledge it.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ office said that the Department of Justice will “vigorously defend the President’s lawful action,” meaning banning or severely restricting travel from the six countries listed above, plus North Korea and Venezuela (who we all know were tokens intended to show that Trump wasn’t restricting travel based on religion). This is the full statement, which just follows the same path as all the statements before it that sought to justify religious discrimination:
NEW: White House: “Today’s dangerously flawed district court order undercuts the President’s efforts to keep the American people safe.” pic.twitter.com/eo9fLCMw5e
— ABC News (@ABC) October 17, 2017
The Hawaii judge, Derrick Watson, says that this ban “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor,” and “plainly discriminates based on nationality in the manner that the 9th Circuit has found antithetical to…the founding principles of this nation.” Watson also said:
“The categorical restrictions on entire populations of men, women and children, based upon nationality, are a poor fit for the issues regarding the sharing of ‘public-safety and terrorism-related information’ that the president identifies.”
This particular injunction isn’t the only court battle that Trump’s newest travel ban faces. Other states, including Maryland, Washington State, Massachusetts, California and New York have mounted challenges to the ban in the same Seattle court where Trump’s first Muslim ban was struck down.
In other words, there are many in the judiciary branch who can’t determine whether Trump’s motives are true based on the facts of the situation. They seem to know what we know: Trump’s motive is to keep a campaign promise that he should never have made in the first place, which was to make Islam in the U.S. go away.
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