Virginia Judge Upholds Trump Executive Order on Travel

March 24, 2017 Updated: March 24, 2017
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A Virginia federal judge upheld President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban on Friday—differing from prior federal judges who ruled on the ban.

U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga of the Eastern District Court of Virginia was responding to a case brought by Muslims who said Trump’s order illegally discriminated against Islam because it restricted travel from six Muslim-majority nations. The plaintiffs were the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other Muslim community leaders around the United States.

Last week, a federal judge in Hawaii ruled against the revised executive order, halting the order nationwide.

The ban, he wrote, falls within the executive branch’s authority over foreign policy and national security.

“The President has provided a detailed justification for the Order based on national security needs, and enjoining the operation of [executive order] would interfere with the President’s unique constitutional responsibilities to conduct international relations, provide for the national defense, and secure the nation,” he wrote, according to The Hill.

Trenga’s order, however, doesn’t overturn the previous rulings.

“The Department of Justice is pleased with the ruling,” a Department of Justice spokesperson said in a statement. “As the Court correctly explains, the President’s Executive Order falls well within his authority to safeguard the nation’s security.”

Trump’s revised order places a 90-day ban on issuing visas from six Muslim-majority countries and suspends refugee admissions for 120 days.