Judge in Hawaii Blocks Trump's New Travel Ban

The ruling came just hours before new executive order set to take effect
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2017 5:56 PM CDT
Judge in Hawaii Blocks Trump's New Travel Ban
President Donald Trump gives thumbs up at the American Center for Mobility, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Ypsilanti Township, Mich.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

A federal judge in Hawaii blocked President Trump's revised travel ban just hours before it was set to go into effect across the country, the Washington Post reports. Hawaii had filed a lawsuit over the new executive order, which halted visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority nations for 90 days and stopped new refugees for 120 days, claiming it hurts tourism, business, and universities and would keep people from those six countries from visiting family in Hawaii. The state alleged the order, which also cuts the number of refugees allowed in the US next year in half, was essentially a Muslim ban. US District Judge Derrick Watson froze the order Wednesday, saying Hawaii has a "strong likelihood of success on their claim," according to Politico.

More than six states are currently trying to halt the new travel ban, the AP reports. Arguments against it were also scheduled to be heard in Maryland and Washington state on Wednesday. Trump issued the revised travel ban after his first attempt was blocked by a federal judge in Washington state. Justice Department lawyers defending the new executive order said the ban was well within the president's power and claimed its potential harms were only speculation. (Read more Trump travel ban stories.)

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