A federal district judge in Hawaii temporarily halted President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban just hours before it was supposed to go into effect. The executive order, dubbed as Muslim Ban 2.0, would have barred people from six pre-dominantly Muslim countries — Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Libya and Sudan — from entering the United States.
Judge Derrick Watson not only slammed the immigration order for being discriminatory toward Muslims, but also brushed aside Trump administration’s claims that it was “religiously neutral” and that they only singled out these countries because they “posed special risks of terrorism” and that the order “applies to all individuals in those countries, regardless of religion.”
Ironically, it was the president’s and his trusted advisers’ own blatant Islamophobia that helped the court block the xenophobic travel order.
“The government appropriately cautions that, in determining purpose, courts should not look into the ‘veiled psyche’ and ‘secret motives’ of government decision-makers and may not undertake a ‘judicial psychoanalysis of a drafter’s heart of hearts,’” read the scathing ruling. “The government need not fear. The remarkable facts at issue here require no such impermissible inquiry.”
In all honesty, Trump’s attitude toward Muslim immigration could not be clearer.
One of his major campaign promises included implementing a nationwide ban on Muslims, barring them from entering the country. His first travel ban, overturned by the Supreme Court, affected thousands of people.
The second travel ban was no different, except the fact that it did not include Iraq anymore.
The court ruling pointed toward the president’s press release about shutting down Muslim immigration, still present on his website.
It also mentioned a TV appearance made by White House aide Stephen Miller, one of the key architects behind the said ban, where he talked about how the two travel orders were essentially the same except a few “minor technical differences.”
“On February 21, 2017, commenting on the then-upcoming revision to the executive order, the president’s senior adviser, Stephen Miller, stated, ‘Fundamentally, [despite technical revisions meant to address the Ninth Circuit’s concerns in Washington,] you’re still going to have the same basic policy outcome [as the first],’” wrote Watson.
The judge also referred to former New York mayor and prominent Trump crony, Rudy Giuliani.
“Rudolph Giuliani explained on television how the executive order came to be. He said: ‘When [Mr. Trump] first announced it, he said, Muslim ban. He called me up. He said, put a commission together. Show me the right way to do it legally,’” read the court document.
Sadly, these examples are just a few of many. However, they do paint a rather perfect picture of what Trump and his advisers intended to do with the travel restrictions — and it’s quite poetic how their own words came back to haunt them at a time when other states are planning to follow in Hawaii’s footsteps.
Well, if you are going to violate the Constitution by discriminating against people based on their faith, going around and blabbering your evil plans to the entire world is not a very bright plan, is it?
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