President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban is diminished by a legal setback. A US district judge in Virginia has established the executive order banning seven countries as unconstitutional.
The first Amendment is violated by the travel ban as it holds “religious bias”, reported by BBC News. Though this is no fresh perspective on the executive order, it is enlightening to see the ban as inappropriate lawfully.
Bias on one religion over another was prominent in the fact that Trump favored Christian refugees over Muslim refugees. As broadcasted in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump stated Christian refugees have “been treated horribly.”
“If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.”
Judge Leonie Brinkema, from Virginia, stated in a 22-page ruling cited several statements made by Trump during his campaign, promising to create the said “Muslim Ban”.
However when approached on the matter that the executive order was indeed a ban, Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, stated that calling it a ban was a “lie” and the order is “not a ban”.
One of his drastic promises on banning Muslims and creating a Muslim registry was what helped Trump win votes to become president.
“The president himself acknowledged the conceptual link between a Muslim ban and the EO (executive order),” Judge Brinkema wrote.
Brinkema continues to emphasize how presidential power does not mean absolute power, as the power needs to be filtered by the separation of powers based on the U.S. constitution.
In an interview with CNN, Andrew Sullivan commented on Trump’s mental state,”To have such an unstable figure, incapable of accepting reality, at the center of the world, is an extremely dangerous thing.”
Sullivan, a conservative commentator and journalist, disputed the media needs to confront the issue that is “staring us brutally in the face.”
President Trump has said that he is considering rewriting the executive order, rather than bring the case to the Supreme Court, according to BBC News.