A Virginia federal judge decided not to halt President Trump’s executive order on banning citizens from six Muslim-majority countries that harbor terrorist organizations. The judge’s decision against the ruling follows after the federal judges of Hawaii and Maryland halted the enforcement of President Trump’s executive order nationwide. The decision in Maryland is scheduled to be heard in front of an appeals court in May. However, the last two rulings keep the travel ban at bay.
According to The Daily Caller, Federal Judge Anthony Trenga from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia discovered that Trump was acting legally when he tried to enforce the travel ban and that it was in no way discriminating Muslims. The ruling had been brought by Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour whose lawyer was from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Anthony Trenga, an appointee of George W. Bush, said in his opinion that “the President has unqualified authority to bar physical entry to the United States at the border.” Trenga wrote that the travel ban does not include religion and has a “state secular purpose” to secure the people of this country from potential terrorist assaults.
The federal judge from Hawaii who obstructed the travel ban mentioned past statements made by the President during the presidential campaign speaking about a “Muslim ban.” But Trenga stated, “In that regard, the Supreme Court has held that ‘past actions [do not] forever taint any effort on [the government’s] part to deal with the subject matter.’”
One Justice Department spokesperson stated, “The Department of Justice is pleased with the ruling. As the Court correctly explains, the President’s Executive Order falls well within his authority to safeguard the nation’s security.”
According to the Associated Press, Sansour’s lawyer is supposed to retrial the injunction.