WASHINGTON – Two federal judges halted the Trump administration’s second attempt at a travel ban. A federal judge in Hawaii issued his ruling Wednesday night, and Maryland Federal Judge Theodore Chuang issued a ruling Thursday morning.
However, local families told DCW50, they have a lot of concerns, and fear that their families could still be torn apart.
“We don’t really know what’s behind what they are trying to do with this ban, is it against Muslims? What is really the motivation behind it?” expressed Luam Tesfaye, whose husband is from a Muslim from Israel.
“He came here legally, they vetted him for almost two years,” Tesfaye explained.
The latest edition of the travel ban claimed to protect green card and visa holders, but because of what some legal citizens have experienced, Tesfaye said she fears her husband could be deported, or detained while traveling.
Both judges said they heavily based their rulings off things Trump said while campaigning.
The judges cited TV news interviews as examples of the "religious animus" behind the executive order and quoted Trump telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper: "We can't allow people coming into this country who have this hatred of the United States."
Families that could be impacted by the ban, say if security is an issue, vet, do not ban.
“I think we have a very good vetting system, so how far are we willing to go to discriminate? When is it enough?” Tesfaye questioned.
Trump called the move by federal judges unprecedented, and said it was an overreach. His administration plans to appeal the rulings.