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Trump, courts at loggerheads after Hawaii halts travel ban

Mar 16, 2017, 6:13 AM EDT
Trump's immigration and travel ban sparked widespread protests.
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U.S. President Donald Trump hit back at the judiciary on Wednesday threatening to challenge a court verdict that blocked a revised travel ban on visitors from mainly Muslim countries hours, before the executive order was due to come into effect. Trump described the block by a federal judge in Hawaii as an “unprecedented judicial overreach” and vowed to fight for stronger travel restrictions.

In his 43-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson concluded that the proposed ban seeks to “disfavor a particular religion” and would breach First Amendment protections against religious discrimination if it is allowed to go ahead, writes the BBC. The court also found the government’s argument bereft of any evidence that could link the ban to national security.

With a nationwide temporary stay on Trump’s “watered down” travel ban, Hawaii court dealt a stinging blow to the president’s contentious ambitions, notes The Guardian. A defiant Trump even suggested in the Nashville rally that he may revert to the original stricter travel ban as the row is set to land the Supreme Court. 

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