President Donald J Trump of the United States of America is not happy, Jan.
It’s understandable. It would be safe to assume that where you work an ‘Executive Order’ is company ‘law’, but in the US the President’s Executive Orders are easily overturned by the real law.
And so it goes, in another blow to President Trump’s initiatives to prevent citizens from certain countries entering the USA, his second Executive Order in the matter (EO-2), due to be implemented yesterday (16 March) has been kyboshed by a Hawaiian judge.
Judge Derrick Watson ruled yesterday that EO-2 was clearly an anti-Muslim order and, as such, and like EO-1, breaches the First Amendment, decreeing that ” … a reasonable, objective observer – enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance – would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavour a particular religion”.
“The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable … The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed,” he said.
Issuing a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), concluding that EO-2 was unconstitutional, Judge Watson has effectively effected a nationwide ban on the latest ban … and the US Justice Department and President Trump are off to appeal, again!