U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson Of Hawaii Froze Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Six Hours Before It Was Supposed To Take Effect.
A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked President Trump’s revised travel ban less than six hours before it was due to take effect.
U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson put out an emergency stop on the executive order, which would have halted nationals from six predominately Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Watson said he believed Hawaii would be able to make the case that the retooled travel ban would violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits religious discrimination.
However, the Justice Department said that the president had acted within his power and said that the new order was ‘significantly’ different from the older one, which was also stopped by a federal judge.
The State of Hawaii challenged the ban, which was signed on March 6 and revamped an earlier, more sweeping order, arguing it discriminates against Muslims and violates the U.S. Constitution.
The first ban was halted by a federal court in Seattle.
More than half a dozen states are trying to stop the ban, and federal courts in Maryland, Washington state and Hawaii heard arguments Wednesday about whether it should be put into practice.
Hawaii argued that the ban discriminates on the basis of nationality and would prevent Hawaii residents from receiving visits from relatives in the six majority-Muslim countries covered by the ban.
The state also says the ban would harm its tourism industry and the ability to recruit foreign students and workers.
Countries included in the second iteration of the ban include Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Iraq was first included on the list, but was taken off when the second travel ban was rolled out.
Trump’s original ban was rolled out on January 27, just a week into his administration, and hit legal potholes almost immediately.
The new ban was supposed to take care of some of these problems, as it specifically didn’t apply to green card and visa holders.
The travel ban has been politically tricky for Trump too, as the first one, which went into effect immediately and lead to confusion at airports across the country, inspired activists to come out in droves to protest at the airports too.
By Nikki Schwab, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com and Dailymail.com Reporter and Wires