The block placed on President Trump’s revised travel ban was extended by a federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday, according to reports.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson has extended the March 15 temporary restraining order until the state’s lawsuit against the Trump administration has been resolved.
Two important parts of Trump’s executive order are affected by the freeze: a 90-day suspension of travel from six majority-Muslim countries and a 120-day freeze on refugees entering the U.S.
It was set to be enforced on March 16 before it was blocked by the Hawaiian judge, who claimed that the ban would hurt the state’s tourist economy. Hawaii is a state which has reportedly accepted no Muslim refugees.
The Trump administration says that its revised travel ban is a necessary step in maintaining national security, but the judge claimed it discriminates against Muslims, would be a violation of the Constitution, and would hurt the state’s economy.
The Justice Department may appeal the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled against Trump’s original ban.
The Trump administration had requested that Judge Watson compromise by limiting his ruling to cover only the section about suspending travel from the six terror-related nations, but he refused, instead prohibiting Trump from enforcing the 120-freeze on all refugees.
According to a report in the Washington Examiner, “Attorneys for the Justice Department have already appealed a separate injunction by a judge in Maryland, which only focused on the immigration ban. That case has moved on to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.”
President Trump said it is an “unprecedented judicial overreach.”
Watch Trump respond to the initial block in March below:
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