Is Trump's travel ban really about Muslims or not?

The revised Trump administration immigration ban executive order faces at least three immediate court challenges on Wednesday, just hours before it is scheduled to go into effect after midnight. The original order barred citizens from seven countries from entering the US for 90 days, all refugees for 120 days and indefinitely halted refugees from Syria.

But the President didn't appear to do government lawyers any favors during a Wednesday night rally in Nashville, Tennessee.

The new order bars new visas for people from six Muslim majority countries - Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya - and temporarily shuts down America's refugee program.

"The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first one", Trump said, decrying the decision as an "unprecedented judicial overreach".

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They quoted presidential candidate Trump as telling CNN's Anderson Cooper past year, "I think Islam hates us", among other statements.

Two more judges, one in Maryland and another in Washington, heard arguments Wednesday on whether to freeze the order.

Meanwhile, the ninth circuit district court denied an en banc rehearing of the previous ruling that denied a request to stay against the stay that effectively stopped the original version of the travel ban. "We're going to keep our citizens safe", he said. "The court's analysis, which hinges on parsing statements by Trump and his surrogates on cable news, and determining whether the president repudiated his prior policies, is better suited for fact-checkers".

According to Reuters, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson put an emergency stop to the new order in response to a lawsuit filed by the state of Hawaii, which argued that the order discriminated against Muslims in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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"And let me tell you something I think we ought to go back to the first one and go all the way - which is what I want to do in the first place", he said.

This is Trump's second attempt at an executive order restricting refugees and travelers from majority-Muslim nations.

Trump's discriminatory Muslim and refugee ban, in any iteration, is a clear example of how this administration uses the politics of fear and hate to enact its xenophobic agenda.

Demonstrators gather near the White House on March 11, 2017, to protest President Trump's travel ban.

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The text of the order does not mention Islam and the government has said the courts should only look at the actual document, not outside comments by Mr Trump or his aides.


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