Judge says Trump’s statements ‘highly relevant’

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — The federal judge in Maryland who on Thursday blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban that targets six predominantly Muslim countries called Trump’s own statements about his intentions to impose the restrictions “highly relevant.”

U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang noted Trump’s second executive order does include changes from the first order, such as the removal of a preference for religious minorities in the refugee process. Chuang said the purpose of the second order “remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban.”

Chuang, who was appointed by then-President Barack Obama, granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of the travel ban nationwide pending further orders. He declined to issue an injunction blocking the entire executive order.

Government lawyers argued that the second ban was substantially revised from an earlier version signed in January that was later blocked by a federal judge in Washington state.


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