PHOTO: President Donald Trump making a speech. (photo via Flickr/Michael Vadon)
On Monday, a federal judge in Virginia granted a preliminary injunction against President Donald Trump and his administration to ensure the recent travel ban cannot be enforced in the state.
The decision by yet another federal judge continues to challenge the travel ban's constitutionality.
According to The Associated Press, United States District Judge Leonie Brinkema stated in her decision that the Executive Order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries has an “unconstitutional religious bias,” which violates First Amendment prohibitions.
The decision by the judge in Virginia comes after a federal appeals court in California upheld a national temporary restraining against the travel ban. While the previous ruling was based on process grounds, the decision by Judge Brinkema targets a violation of the First Amendment.
Judge Brinkema referenced comments from Trump and his constituents which linked the travel ban to religious bias. While Monday’s injunction may be preliminary, it is more permanent than the temporary restraining order issued in the Washington state case, but it only applies to residents in Virginia.
In her ruling, Judge Brinkema cited the over 1,000 students and university staff members which could be impacted by President Trump’s Executive Order, saying that the administration provided no justification for the travel ban.
“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,” Judge Brinkema said in her report.