Federal Judge Halts Enforcement of Trump's Travel Ban Nationwide
A federal judge in Seattle on Friday granted a nationwide temporary restraining order blocking President Donald Trump’s recent executive order barring nationals from seven countries from entering the United States.
The challenge, which was brought by the state of Washington and later joined by the state of Minnesota, represents a major challenge to the Trump administration.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), who supported the lawsuit, called in to "Tucker Carlson Tonight" and explained that U.S. District Judge James Robart determined there was a high probability that Trump's executive order was illegal and unconstitutional.
Inslee argued that Trump's order is essentially a disguised "Muslim ban" that targets people based on their religious beliefs.
He explained that the order states that religious minorities in seven Muslim-majority countries - Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen - will have priority in being accepted as refugees in the U.S.
Inslee said that means that non-Muslims will be given highly sought after refugee spots before Muslims, which essentially amounts to a "religious test."
"This executive order contains an unconstitutional test of what religion is affected and how they are affected," Inslee said. "And it differentiates in a clear intent by this president to not treat this part of the world with respect, and it damages our national security."
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