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Kayyem: Latest Version Of Travel Ban Suggests Ideology 'Trumps' Strategy In White House

Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, carries court documents after a news conference outside a federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Md., Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, following a hearing regarding three lawsuits over the Trump administration's restrictions on travelers from certain countries.
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This morning, a federal judge in Maryland blocked the latest version of the Trump Administration's travel ban — just a day after a federal judge in Hawaii did the same.

The latest version of the ban, like previous attempts, blocked citizens of several majority-Muslim nations, such as Syria, Iran and Yemen from entering the United States. This time, however, the administration also included citizens of North Korea and some Venezuelan officials, as NPR reported, "in an apparent attempt to avoid the 'Muslim ban' label that was applied to previous restrictions."

U.S. District Judge Theodore C. Huang did not find the latest attempt convincing. He said that Trump's own words suggested the latest ban was an “inextricable re-animation of the twice-enjoined Muslim ban.”

Juliette Kayyem, homeland security expert, host of The SCIF podcast and CEO of ZEMCAR, agreed with the judges' decisions.

"I have yet to see any national security theory animating this discussion," she said on Boston Public Radio.

"Ideology is trumping — no pun intended — strategy," she said. "It's going to undermine our national security."

Click the audio player above to hear more from Juliette Kayyem.

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