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Hawaii judge puts “indefinite” block on Trump’s travel ban

Mar 30, 2017, 7:23 AM EDT
Thousands of people hit the streets in front of the White House to protest Trump's travel ban in January.
(Source: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr)

A federal judge in Hawaii indefinitely extended a block on President Donald Trump’s order that barred citizens from six mostly Muslim nations from entering the U.S. on Wednesday. U.S. district judge Derrick Watson ruled that the restrictions discriminate against a religion as well as threaten the state’s tourist-dependent economy.

Hours after hearing the arguments from attorneys for the state of Hawaii and the U.S. Department of Justice, Judge Watson rejected the claim that the revised refugee program would not affect Hawaii, notes The Guardian.

Trump, who has been at loggerheads with the judiciary, complained of “unprecedented judicial overreach” after his revised travel ban was suspended temporarily earlier in March, reports the BBC.

The latest setback is expected to prompt an appeal against the Hawaii decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the same court which refused to overturn a Seattle judge’s verdict halting the first travel ban.