Vir­ginia judge OKs new Trump travel ban

Austin American-Statesman - - VIEWPOINTS - By Rachel Weiner

A fed­eral judge in Vir­ginia on Fri­day de­clined to is­sue an­other in­junc­tion against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s sec­ond travel ban.

The rul­ing by An­thony Trenga has no im­me­di­ate im­pact, as judges in Hawaii and Mary­land have al­ready is­sued na­tion­wide orders block­ing Trump’s sec­ond at­tempt to limit travel from sev­eral ma­jor­ity-Mus­lim coun­tries.

How­ever, the rul­ing is a small vic­tory for an ad­min­is­tra­tion that has been bat­tered in court.

Dur­ing a March 21 hear­ing on the case in fed­eral court in Alexan­dria, Trenga asked whether Trump’s past state­ments about ban­ning Mus­lims would for­ever out­weigh “enor­mous def­er­ence” a pres­i­dent is sup­posed to re­ceive in na­tional se­cu­rity mat­ters.

In his de­ci­sion, he de­cided they did not.

“The Court can­not con­clude for the pur­poses of the Mo­tion that these state­ments, to­gether with the Pres­i­dent’s past state­ments, have ef­fec­tively dis­qual­i­fied him from ex­er­cis­ing his law­ful pres­i­den­tial author­ity,” the judge wrote.

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