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In a 43-page opinion, U.S. district Judge Derrick Watson used Trump’s own comments as evidence to show that the new travel ban on six-Muslim majority countries was also directed against Muslims. Trump called the ruling terrible and said that the administration will fight the case even if it meant going up to the Supreme Court.
Watson declared that a reasonable, objective observer – enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance – would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular region.
Trump even told a crowd that he would still prefer to go back to the “first one” (the first ban order for seven countries), since there is a clear danger.
The Department of Justice spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores, said that the department disagrees with the ruling by Watson and sees President’s order as lawful and protecting Nation’s security. It said that the department will continue to defend this Executive order in the courts.