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 Project, National Immigration Law Center, ACLU, and ACLU of Maryland
Washington case: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, American 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 Society, Alliance for Justice, ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, NAACP LDF, and Brennan Center for Justice, all of whom are working to protect judges and their independence.