After US District Court Judge Theodore Chuang imposed a ruling that blocked a portion of the President’s revised travel ban, which was set to go into effect from Thursday, Trump administration lawyers have filed a notice to appeal the order. In a decision published Thursday morning, the Judge imposed a nationwide to the portion of the executive order that barred foreign nationals from six majority-Muslim nations from entering the country.
“The Department of Justice strongly disagrees with the Maryland federal district court’s ruling, and looks forward to defending the President’s executive order seeking to protect our nation’s security,” a Justice Department spokesperson said in a statement. In a 43-page decision, Chuang detailed many of Trump’s statements about Muslims from the campaign trail and concluded that despite the significant changes in the second order, “the history of public statements continues to provide a convincing case that the purpose of the Second Executive Order remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban.”
Another federal judge in Hawaii issued a decision Wednesday resulted in a nationwide temporary restraining order of two key provisions of travel ban, just hours before the judge in Maryland. US District Court Judge Derrick Watson’s ruling in Hawaii was slightly broader in scope as it blocked both the 90-day on all foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, as well as the 120-day ban on all refugees entering the country, whereas Chuang’s ruling only concerns the 90-day ban.