President Donald Trump’s third
attempt to impose a ban on citizens from certain countries traveling to the
United States has been halted by two federal judges. On Oct. 20, U.S. District
Court Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii issued a preliminary injunction halting the ban on travel
from six majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and
In his ruling, Judge
Watson said the Trump Administration had not shown that the entry of citizens
from the six countries would be “detrimental to the interests of the United
States.” The judge declined to halt the ban on travel from North Korea and
Venezuela, two countries that were added to the list of nations covered by the
third iteration of the travel ban, which was issued on Sept. 24.
A second federal
judge, Theodore Chuang of the U.S. District Court in Maryland, also halted the travel ban for the same six countries, but only
for travelers with a “bona fide relationship” with people or institutions in
the United States. Like Judge Watson, Judge Chuang did not halt the ban for
travelers from Venezuela or North Korea.
original travel bans, the stated rationale for the third ban was that the
affected countries’ screening procedures for travelers were insufficient to
protect against criminals or terrorists entering the United States. According
to Homeland Security officials, the ban on entry followed negotiations with
countries around the world aimed at getting them to use certain security
standards. Those standards included being able to electronically communicate
passport information, share relevant terrorist and criminal information with
the United States and use biometric devices.