President Trump has been so busy lately messing around with health care and doing damage control over his insensitive characterizations about how other presidents handled condolence calls to the families of fallen military personnel that he’s probably forgotten about his “travel ban.” That was an order taking a gratuitous slap at Muslims to satisfy Trump’s political base, which responded enthusiastically to his xenophobic rhetoric about closing borders and banning Muslims on the 2016 campaign trail.
But a “travel ban” Trump issued has failed three times before the federal courts. Trump has adjusted it some, but The New York Times reports that the latest order, struck down by a federal judge in Hawaii, Derrick Watson, would have included bans on travel to the United States from most of the majority of Muslim nations that were included in Trump’s first version of the travel ban, which also was struck down.
“The categorical restrictions on entire populations of men, women and children, based upon nationality, are a poor fit for the issues regarding the sharing of ‘public-safety and terrorism-related information’ that the president identifies,” Watson ruled, saying Trump’s order was inconsistent.
So once again, Trump is thwarted in an attempt to satisfy his most extreme supporters, who could apparently care less about constitutionality and other legal issues. But fortunately, America’s system of checks and balances has worked again.