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Federal Judge Blocks Latest Travel Ban

October 17, 2017

A District Court Judge has issued a temporary restraining order against the revised Presidential Proclamation issued on September 27, 2017, which was due to take effect at midnight tonight (ET) and would have barred entry for certain travelers from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela.  The order issued today provides a reprieve for all the countries except North Korea and Venezuela. 

According to the Washington Post, “the decision from Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii is sure to be appealed, but for now, it means that the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers from six of the eight countries that officials said were either unable or unwilling to provide information that the U.S. wanted to vet their citizens… [t]he latest 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.’” 

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