Alas Donald Trump's third attempt at his Muslim ban met the same fate Tuesday as the first two.
It was shot down by a federal judge.
The ban, which was set to go into effect in mere hours, was blocked nationwide by Judge Derrick Watson from Hawaii.
|Judge Derrick Watson|
According to the 40-page ruling Watson the ban was "simultaneously overbroad and underinclusive" because it targets entire countries rather than dangerous individuals, yet leaves out even potentially dangerous individuals from most countries.
Watson's brief went on to state that the ban...
"suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor. It lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be 'detrimental to the interests of the United States,'" and it "plainly discriminates based on nationality."
Trump's latest Muslim ban blocks specific travelers from five of the original nations — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen but this time Trump has added Chad, North Korea and Venezuela while Iraq and Sudan were subtracted from the list.
The reasoning behind why some countries were added and some were left of was never fully explained by the Trump administration.
Tuesday's ruling by Judge Watson affected only the six majority-Muslim countries and does not include North Korea and Venezuela. But few people are affected by the ban in those countries
The White House called Watson's ruling "dangerously flawed" and a threat to national security has made it clear that the Justice Department will be appealing the decision.
Trump's earlier bans, from January and March, were struck down by several federal courts before the Supreme Court allowed part of the second ban to take effect in late June. That ban expired last month, to be replaced by an indefinite prohibition against some travelers from an expanded group of countries.
The latest travel ban also has been challenged in federal court in Maryland, where oral arguments were held Monday.
Trump's freeze on all Syrian refugee for 120-days will expire next week.
If you were keeping score U.S. District Judge James Robart blocked Trump's first attempt at a Muslim ban and the aforementioned Judge Watson struck down Trump's second ban in March.