Dear UnLocal Supporter,
Last week, President Trump issued a revised Executive Order that outlined a travel ban for the following 6 countries: Libya, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia. The new ban was scheduled to go into effect yesterday morning, but was once again blocked by a federal judge.
Here are some further details:
- In his decision, US District Court Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii specifically cited the intent to create a general Muslim ban that violated the Constitution's establishment clause. He pointed to several instances that referred to President Trump's own words on the campaign trail, advocating the "complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States".
- Judge Watson said it was “illogical” to assume that the revised ban was not motivated by religious discrimination against Muslims. He also claimed that the ban would harm Hawaii’s tourism industry, in addition to preventing companies and universities from recruiting talented individuals from any of the banned countries.
- According to a new CNN/ORC poll, the vast majority of Americans disagree with President Donald Trump's immigration priorities. Nearly two-thirds of those that were polled said that they would like to see a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants, rather than bans or deportations.