Judge Theodore Chuang of the US District Court for the District of Maryland
[official website] on Tuesday blocked
[opinion] President Donald Trump’s latest version
[text, PDF] of the travel ban
[JURIST news archive], finding that the president’s purpose was to implement a ban against Muslims.
The proclamation, which was issued in September, bans travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela; six of which are majority-Muslim countries.
Chuang ultimately found the administration’s argument to be pretext:
Plaintiffs would likely face irreparable harm in the absence of an injunction and would plainly benefit from an injunction, Defendants are not directly harmed by a preliminary injunction preventing them from enforcing a Proclamation likely to be found unconstitutional.