Saturday, February 4, 2017
Trump travel ban goes back into effect on Monday
The following article was posted on the Independent Journal Review website on February 4th
By Justen Charters
After President Donald Trump's executive order on “extreme vetting” had gone into effect, chaos erupted in airports across America.
Reports trickled in about foreigners from the seven countries listed on Trump's “travel ban” being detained at airports. People came out in droves to protest, demanding the detainees be let go.
In a major upset to President Trump, the ACLU managed to win a temporary stay order against him, and they were able to get the immigrants at the airports released.
The same day, Carol Rose, the Executive Director of the ACLU in Massachusetts, filed a legal complaint, asking to make the executive order “unlawful,” via Mass Live.
Then this Wednesday, the complaint was refiled.
According to the Boston Herald:
The ACLU of Massachusetts this morning filed an expanded complaint in federal court in Boston seeking full repeal of President Trump's executive order curbing immigration by refugees and people from seven majority Muslim countries.
“The EO is so contrary to the laws, Constitution, and traditions of the United States that it is almost literally indefensible,” the complaint states.
“The EO violates equal protection guarantees against discrimination based on religion and national origin, the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, First Amendment protections for sharing ideas and petitioning the government, constitutional due process guarantees, and the Administrative Procedure Act.”
While the ACLU case that seeks to repeal the order is still up in the air, it didn't take long for a judge to make a ruling on extending the stay order. On Friday, Judge Nathaniel Gorton ruled in favor of Trump.
The New York Post reported that:
U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton late Friday declined to renew an order prohibiting the detention or removal of persons as part of Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigrants.
That means a seven-day, temporary injunction granted Jan. 29 will expire as scheduled Sunday.
Part of the ACLU's case was that Trump's order puts Christians ahead of Muslims in coming to America. But Gorton didn't see any evidence of that in the 90-day ban, and he didn't think it could be proven to be anti-Muslim either.