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New Travel Ban Would Be ‘Bulletproof’ If Not for Trump’s Words, Experts Say

  • Trump’s comments about Muslims have been fodder for plaintiffs
  • New travel ban is more polished, making such arguments harder
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Trump Travel Ban Now Includes Eight Countries

President Donald Trump’s litany of derogatory comments about Muslims before the election might still be enough to sink his latest attempt at a travel ban, although immigration advocates will have a tougher time persuading judges to block it, legal experts say.

Unlike the earlier versions, which targeted several Muslim-majority nations, Trump’s new executive order has the look and feel of a more well-considered presidential directive -- the kind that courts generally seek to avoid second-guessing, said Peter Spiro, an immigration law professor at Temple University in Philadelphia. Trump’s comments about Muslims appear to be the only remaining legal vulnerability for the ban, he said.