A Federal Judge blocks Donald Trump’s second travel ban
I cannot say this is surprising but today the Democrats found a Federal Judge who would block Donald Trump’s new travel ban Executive Order. Here is more:
A second federal judge—this one in Wisconsin—on Friday blocked President Donald Trump’s new executive order (EO) on immigration travel, while the federal judge who blocked the first EO is reserving judgment on the revised EO.
Judge William Connelly of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin did issue a new TRO against the new EO, holding that the plaintiff in that new lawsuit had a substantial likelihood of success on the merits, and would suffer irreparable harm under the court provided immediate relief. This new lawsuit in Wisconsin concerns a man with a family member in Syria who has applied for asylum and claims that EO 13780 is thwarting that asylum request.
Connelly has ordered legal briefs filed on an expedited basis for the next stage of litigation and will hold a court hearing on Mar. 21 on whether to convert the TRO into a preliminary injunction, a longer-term remedy that could stay in place for however long it takes to reach a final decision on the legality of EO 13780.
The Trump administration dropped its appeal of the first travel ban when the President signed this new Executive Order but I expect he will take this one to the Supreme Court if needs be. Of course that depends on what happens at the March 21st hearing but I would expect it to go against Donald Trump.
If this goes to the Supreme Court the timing will be interesting because a 4-4 tie would keep the lower court ruling in place, however the tie could be broken if this is delayed until after Neil Gorsuch is confirmed–or should I say, if he is confirmed…
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