IMMIGRATION/LEGAL/TRAVEL BAN/TRUMP EXEC ORDERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order Wednesday [3-15-17] evening blocking President Trump’s ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world, dealing a stinging blow to the White House and signaling that Mr. Trump will have to account in court for his heated rhetoric about Islam.
A second federal judge in Maryland ruled against Mr. Trump overnight, with a separate order forbidding the core provision of the travel ban from going into effect.
The rulings were a second major setback for Mr. Trump in his pursuit of a policy that he has trumpeted as critical for national security. His first attempt to sharply limit travel from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries ended in a courtroom fiasco last month, when a federal court in Seattle halted it.
Mr. Trump issued a new and narrower travel ban, affecting six countries, on March 6, trying to satisfy the courts by removing some of the most contentious elements of the original version.”
-Alexander Burns, “2 Federal Judges Rule Against Trump’s Latest Travel Ban,” The New York Times online, March 15, 2017