Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Federal court blocks Trump’s revised immigration ban before it begins

A federal judge in Hawaii has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Trump Administration’s revised travel ban from taking effect, according to The Washington Post. The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson, froze the travel ban before it was scheduled to take effect at midnight.

Watson was one of three judges to hear arguments against President Trump’s executive order on Wednesday, with hearings in Maryland and Washington State also taking place. Lawyers for the state of Hawaii, which filed the lawsuit, claimed that the revised executive order was — much like the original executive order — essentially a Muslim ban, as it targeted citizens of six-Muslim majority countries, and thusly violates the establishment...

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