In a 43-page decision, Chuang detailed many of Trump's statements about Muslims from the campaign trail and concluded that despite the significant changes to who was exempted by the executive order the second time around, "the history of public statements continues to provide a convincing case that the goal of the Second Executive Order remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban".
Another federal judge in Hawaii struck down both sections of the ban in a broader court ruling that prevented Trump's order from moving forward. We argued the ban is unconstitutional because it discriminates against Muslims based on their religious beliefs.
The initial ban, imposed January 27, was likewise blocked by a federal judge, prompting the administration to craft a new executive order that included changes aimed at allowing the measure to pass muster in the courts.
Judge James Robart said the parties could ask him to reconsider should circumstances change. But a few months ago liberals generally believed that the president has wide discretion in immigration policy, especially in matters of national security, and, in the end, it is likely that this is where the Supreme Court will come down.
"If you think someone is unsafe, just deny their visa.You don't need a ban", he said."And the fact that they created these waivers just shows you that they basically are implementing a normal visa system.They're saying deny it unless there's some reason to grant it.There's no reason you couldn't do that now, just don't have a categorical ban". "It is therefore unclear whether the court intended its injunction to extend to all of those provisions", the department said.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the administration plans to appeal the Maryland decision to the 4th Circuit of Appeals and will seek "clarification" on Watson's ruling before bringing the case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
When then-presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims" entering the USA back in 2015, he probably didn't imagine those words would come back to haunt him federal court in 2017.
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Robart said his order last month blocking the original ban should not apply to the new one because there were enough differences between the two.
"We're going to win".
However, Judge Watson wrote, the President's past remarks need not "forever taint" his efforts on national security.
The Justice Department has not yet filed its formal appellate brief in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, where the case will eventually be heard, but that is the next step.
Trump said that the second executive order was just "a watered-down version of the first order" that "should have never been blocked to start with".
The 4th Circuit is known as a more conservative court compared to the 9th Circuit, said Buzz Frahn, an attorney who has been tracking the litigation nationwide.
Mr Trump, addressing supporters late Wednesday in Nashville, assailed the Hawaii judge. In a dissent, five judges said they considered that decision incorrect and wanted it vacated.
Citing a report that reviewed White House administrations going back to Reagan, Chuang noted in his ruling that no president has issued a ban on the entry "of all citizens from more than one country at the same time, much less six nations all at once".