Judge Rules in Herring's Favor, Extends Travel Ban Injunction to Virginia


A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from implementing its travel ban in Virginia, adding another judicial ruling to those already in place challenging the ban's constitutionality.

"Brinkema also ruled that the order was "disruptive to the operation of [Virginia's] public colleges and universities", resulting in reduced revenue, causing "'anxiety, confusion, and distress" among university personnel, and "inflaming "anti-American sentiment'" overseas.

She noted that a "Muslim ban" was a key part of Trump's campaign, and a press release calling for it remains on his website.

Separately on Monday, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema granted a preliminary injunction barring implementation of the president's order against anyone who lives, works or attends school in Virginia.

"The president himself acknowledged the conceptual link between a Muslim ban and the EO (executive order)", Judge Brinkema wrote.

In a statement, Herring said the injunction is meant to protect Virginians while the case is pending. "Every presidential action must still comply with the limits set by Congress' delegation of power and the constraints of the Constitution, including Bill of Rights", she wrote.

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"We presented a mountain of evidence showing this was the "Muslim ban" that President Trump promised as a candidate, while his administration failed to refute one shred of our evidence or provide any of its own to support its claims", Virginia Attorney General Mark Herrin said in a widely reported statement praising the ruling.

"To the contrary, there is evidence that the president's senior national security officials were taken by surprise", she wrote.

The Commonwealth of Virginia, which sought the injunction, is "likely to suffer irreparable harm" if the executive order is enforced, Brinkema ruled in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia.

The commonwealth joined the pre-existing Aziz v. Trump case, which centered on two Yemeni green card holders denied entry to the US and apparently coerced into signing away their green cards at Dulles International Airport.

Brinkmena's ruling only applies to Virginia, but it is a more lasting injunction than the temporary restraining order issued in the Ninth Circuit.