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Hawaii and Maryland District Courts Stop Implementation of President Trump’s Travel/Refugee Ban

The U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) enjoining the government from enforcing or implementing Section 2 (90-day travel ban) and Section 6 (120-day ban on U.S. refugee program) of the March 6, 2017, Executive Order (EO 13780) nationwide. Also, early today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland issued an injunction barring enforcement nationwide of Section 2(c) of the order. DOS announced that it will suspend implementation of the provisions of the Executive Order as required by the relevant court orders, and that U.S. embassies and consulates will continue to process visas for nationals of Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. In a press release, AILA welcomed the issuance of the two TROs, with AILA President William Stock noting, “Once again, our judiciary system has spoken and has ruled that the imposition of a blanket travel ban on nationals of six Muslim-majority countries raises serious constitutional questions.”

Leaked DHS Intelligence Report: Citizenship Likely an Unreliable Indicator of Terrorist Threat to the United States

The Associated Press published a leaked draft of a DHS intelligence report that found that country of citizenship is “unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity,” and that few people from the seven Muslim-majority countries President Trump listed in his January 27, 2017, travel ban have been involved in terrorism-related activities in the United States since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011. DHS did not dispute the report’s authenticity, but said that the report was “incomplete” and was not a final comprehensive review of the government’s intelligence. As reported in the Immigration Politics Ticker, President Trump is expected to sign a new travel ban on Wednesday—a day after his first address to a joint session of Congress.

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