Judge blocks travel ban

A second US federal judge has blocked parts of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on people entering the US from eight countries, dealing another legal blow to the administration's third bid to impose travel restrictions.

By Reuters
  • Published 19.10.17
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Washington: A second US federal judge has blocked parts of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on people entering the US from eight countries, dealing another legal blow to the administration's third bid to impose travel restrictions.

US district judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland, in a ruling issued overnight, said the policy as applied to six majority-Muslim countries likely violates the US Constitution's prohibition on religious discrimination. He also ruled the ban ran afoul of immigration law.

Trump's ban would have taken effect on Wednesday but was blocked on Tuesday by a US federal judge in Hawaii in a separate challenge. Together, the pair of rulings set up a high-stakes battle over the President's authority.