Saturday, October 21, 2017

36.1 - Good News: TheRump's new travel ban blocked

Good News: TheRump's new travel ban blocked

It's happened again. TheRump lost again. On October 17, US District Judge Derrick Watson blocked the latest version of TheRump's bigoted travel ban, which was supposed to go into effect this week.

The blocked ban, unlike the previous version, which was time-limited, was open-ended. And whereas the previous ban had targeted people from six Muslim-majority countries, this one targeted people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, and North Korea, as well as certain government officials from Venezuela.

It was suspected in some quarters that the differing list of countries, most specifically the inclusion of North Korea and some officials from Venezuela, was meant to fool the courts into accepting that this wasn't really about barring Muslims.

If so, in the case of Judge Watson, it didn't work.

Watson, who also ruled against TheRump's earlier ban, said the new ban "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be 'detrimental to the interests of the United States,'" and so violates federal immigration law.

This still has to make its way through higher courts, but we are off to a Good News start.

By the way, as a sort of sidebar to this, we have another example of how we are failed by the mainstream media.

The Supreme Court recently dismissed a suit related to the earlier ban on the grounds that the time frame for that ban had elapsed so it was no longer in effect and so the case was moot. It could have chosen to rule on the merits even so, but the decision to avoid ruling on a contentious issue when there was no real need is not surprising.

Despite that - despite the fact that the matter was dropped because the court said it was moot, most headlines kept describing the case not as moot but as "dismissed" and some even referred to it as a "win for Trump."

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