Theodore Chuang is the United States District Judge for Maryland who has enjoined President Trump’s second executive order temporarily halting travel into the United States from a few designated countries including Somalia and Iran. He was appointed to the bench by President Obama. The Baltimore Sun briefly profiles Judge Chuang. The site Heavy has posted “5 fast facts” on Judge Chuang that do not surprise. I take it that he is a hard case.
Judge Chuang’s opinion supporting the issuance of his injunction is accessible online here. Everything about it is wrong in ways with which we have become familiar. But is the worst yet to come?
Neil Munro raises the question for Breitbart News here. Munro reports that the case before Judge Chuang includes a request for relief ordering President Trump to double the annual inflow of refugees to 100,000 per year:
The plaintiffs’ request for 100,000 refugees each year was made by lawyers for the International Refugee Assistance Protect, HIAS Inc., a so-called “VOLAG” which is paid by federal agencies to import refugees, and by members of the Middle East Studies Association.
“Judge Chuang’s ruling … leaves the door open for further discussion of our challenges to the refugee ban, an opening we intend to pursue,” said a March 15 statement from HIAS. “So stay tuned for more news as our lawsuit continues.” HIAS received at least $19.5 million in government grants in 2014, according to its federal 990 form.
HIAS employees did not answer calls and emailed questions from Breitbart.
The HIAS statement cited by Munro and to which he links in his piece is posted here. I find the prospect of such an order unthinkable. It likely constitutes little more than puffing on the part of a lunatic left-wing organization, but it is an organization that has been successful so far and whose full intentions are notable all by themselves.