- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Immigration advocates gathered at Newark Liberty International Airport on Thursday to celebrate the court orders that blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban.

Judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked the executive order from taking effect as scheduled on Thursday. They used the president’s own words as evidence that the order discriminates against Muslims.

Diane Du Brule, of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, said repackaging the ban doesn’t alter the effect it has to target Muslims.

“President Trump and his administration recognized that his first ban on Muslims entering the United States was indefensible. Unfortunately, his Muslim ban 2.0, as we call it, was nothing more than a thinly veiled version of the same discriminatory order,” Du Brule said.

The initial ban sparked chaos at U.S. airports and widespread criticism around the world when it was signed in January. It was later blocked by a judge in Washington state, a ruling that was upheld by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Deb Maclean, of the liberal community-organizing group BlueWaveNJ, said the proposed bans erode the United States’ moral standing around the world “so we lose allies, respect and admiration.”

“This is not the America that I grew up in,” she said. “This is not the America that my father fought in World War II to defend, and this is not the America that we want for our children.”

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