Federal judge in Hawaii blocks Trump's 3rd travel ban

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But the judge did allow temporary entry of employees or meeting-attendees for organizations had joined in the Maryland lawsuit against the Trump order.

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The fate of Trump's attempts to ban people from certain countries from the USA has been one of the most convoluted plot lines in an extremely convoluted presidency. If Watson's order is overturned, the Maryland order could then have an effect.

"These restrictions are vital to ensuring that foreign nations comply with the minimum security standards required for the integrity of our immigration system and the security of our nation", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

The precedent Watson relied on in his ruling came from, of all places, Trump's least favorite appeals court: the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

The ban would have barred most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea from entering the US. "The categorical restrictions on entire populations of men, women, and children, based upon nationality, are a poor fit for the issues regarding the sharing of "public-safety and terrorism-related information" that the president identifies", he wrote, noting that unsafe people of other nationalities could fall outside the remit of the ban. The judge also found that the restrictions are rife with "inconsistencies" in how they block certain travelers from Venezuela and Libya, while allowing others, without explaining why.

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Hawaii argued that the updated ban is a continuation of Trump's "promise to exclude Muslims from the United States".

It remains unclear whether the administration will go directly to the Supreme Court or seek review first in the federal appeals courts, which have repeatedly ruled against the prior travel bans.

After the initial travel ban was rolled out without warning early this year, prompting chaos and protests at airports around the country, U.S. District Judge James Robart struck it down. The ban is fundamentally flawed, the attorney said. "Religious discrimination with window dressing is still unconstitutional", he said. Judge Theodores Chuang's opinion further notes that the President's most recent statements about the travel ban issue "cast the Proclamation as the inextricable re-animation of the twice-enjoined Muslim ban, and.... convey the message that the third iteration of the ban-no longer temporary-will be the "enhanced expression' of the earlier ones". The Supreme Court later allowed parts of Trump's March 6 decree to take effect, while carving out exceptions for those with close relatives in the U.S. That order expired on September 24. Watson agreed with Hawaii and the other plaintiffs that by barring entry to people based on their nationality without providing sufficient justification, the ban likely ran afoul of the law.

The states of Washington, California, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland and OR last week restarted their litigation in Seattle, and individuals have sued as well. In reaching his decision, Chuang cited a string of public statements Trump made during the presidential campaign in which he touted a "Muslim ban". Announced without prior warning, it caused chaos at US airports and a torrent of lawsuits objecting to the sudden exclusion of people who had a right to be in the U.S.

President Trump's order which was set to take effect today, at 12:01 am, indefinitely banned the immigration into the U.S. from those war-torn nations, or avowed enemy nations.