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Thomas Targets Nationwide Injunctions in Travel Ban Opinion

June 26, 2018, 7:54 PM

Justice Clarence Thomas took the opportunity June 26 to highlight the dangers of “nationwide injunctions” in his concurring opinion backing President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

A federal district court judge can stop a law or policy from going into effect on a nationwide basis in a single case. The practice has been used to halt President Barack Obama’s policy deferring deportation for Dreamers, as well as by a federal judge in Hawaii who put the brakes on Trump’s travel ban.

The U.S. Supreme Court ducked ruling on the legitimacy of a single judge blocking executive policies in its 5-4 decision...

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