Judge Derrick Watson, who met with Obama right before the first travel ban was brought before his court earlier this year, just struck again.
He’s blocked the new travel ban, set to take effect in mere hours, because the Trump Administration has “overstepped its boundaries” in trying to restrict travel from eight countries.
Derrick Watson declared that the latest revision to the travel ban executive order was too similar to the previous iterations to the executive order that originally was (media decided) targeting countries with the aim of restricting muslim immigration.
The judge Derrick Watson issued his new temporary restraining order, despite the months-long review that was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security which identified several countries who are not complying with requests to share information with the United States. This marks the latest in a series of repeated efforts by this judge to block the administration’s lawful ability to curb any immigration to this country.
Watson stated in his decision that “Although national security interests are legitimate objectives of the highest order, they cannot justify the public’s harms when the President has wielded his authority unlawfully.”
The law is explicitly clear on this matter, 8 U.S. Code § 1182 – Inadmissible aliens:
(f) Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President
Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate. Whenever the Attorney General finds that a commercial airline has failed to comply with regulations of the Attorney General relating to requirements of airlines for the detection of fraudulent documents used by passengers traveling to the United States (including the training of personnel in such detection), the Attorney General may suspend the entry of some or all aliens transported to the United States by such airline.