On Tuesday morning, a federal judge in Maryland issued a scathing opinion about President Trump’s immigration policy. On Wednesday afternoon, a federal judge in California issued a similar order. By any standard, these two injunctions set out harsh orders that apply to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, and anyone else who works for them.
These orders specifically forbid Trump’s officials from discriminating against any individuals — immigrants, lawful permanent residents, or otherwise — on the basis of their actual or perceived nationality. They explicitly prohibit Trump’s officials from interrogating immigrants and anyone else they suspect of being an undocumented immigrant or from refusing to issue them a document that identifies them as such. The government is not permitted to publish statistics about immigration detainers or arrest warrants — results of these searches and seizures — or to require that they be checked against a federal no-fly list or terrorist database. The injunctions also prohibit any other forms of nondiscrimination or discrimination in the provision of any lawful immigration benefits to individuals in any manner.