Once again, an executive order issued by President Donald Trump that was aimed at preventing Muslims from entering the United States has been blocked by a federal judge. After Trump’s initial executive order was shot down by several federal judges and barred by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Trump decided against appealing the issue to the United States Supreme Court and sought counsel to establish an order more likely to pass Constitutional muster.
While not as explicit in its targeting of Muslims as the first executive order, the second order would have banned immigrants and refugees from much of the Muslim world. The court cited Trump’s past statements about a “Muslim ban” and similar comments made by Rudy Giuliani, concluding that the ban violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The federal judge’s ruling will stand pending as further legal challenges proceed.