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Executive Branch, Meet the Judiciary

Executive Branch, Meet the Judiciary

What he said :)

In a scathing opinion, US District Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii blocked the Trump Administration's #MuslimBan2.0, which was scheduled to take effect today.

He put a few bricks back in the foundation of US democracy with zingers like these:

"The [Trump] Government appropriately cautions that, in determining purpose, courts should not look into the ‘veiled psyche’ and ‘secret motives’ of government decision-makers and may not undertake a ‘judicial psychoanalysis of a drafter’s heart of hearts’. The Government need not fear. The remarkable facts at issue here require no such impermissible inquiry."

In another key decision today, US District Judge Theodore Chuang of Maryland went there too. And Judge James Robart, the hero who blocked the original ban, will chime in soon. Read the first 2 decisions in all their poetic justice here and here.

How to help ban the ban for good

Connect with and support any of the groups that brought these 3 cases (many of them are now receiving threats):

Hawaii case:  Muslim Association of Hawaii
Maryland case:  International Refugee Assistance ProjectNational Immigration Law CenterACLU, and ACLU of Maryland
Washington case:  Northwest Immigrant Rights ProjectAmerican Immigration Council, and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
And lots of groups working on the front lines to defend immigrants and refugees

Drop a quick note of appreciation on the Facebook pages of Hawaii AG Douglas Chin and Washington AG Bob Ferguson, two public servants who argued these cases and are now taking heat from mean people on the internet.

Oh yeah ... and defend an independent judiciary. Among the people Trump seems to enjoy attacking as much as journalists and immigrants are federal judges. Connect with and support groups like the American Constitution SocietyAlliance for JusticeACLUSouthern Poverty Law CenterNAACP LDF, and Brennan Center for Justice, all of whom are working to protect judges and their independence.

 Source:  South Park/Comedy Central/Giphy

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But We Need All That Money For War!

But We Need All That Money For War!

The Wire

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