A federal judge in Hawaii has issued a ruling granting a temporary restraining order barring the application of President Donald Trump's second travel order — and it will apply nationwide.
When President Trump signed his second executive order temporarily banning immigration from six primarily Muslim countries (the second ban, unlike the first, did not include Iraq), many thought that it was only a matter of time before it was challenged.
Sure enough, before the order was a week old, a number of states had posed legal challenges.
They weren't without hiccups, however — the federal judge who stopped the first travel order was unwilling to extend his ruling to cover the second without additional briefs being filed.
But on March 15, just under ten days after the second order was signed, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ruled against it.
A federal judge in Hawaii blocked enforcement of President Donald Trump's revised executive order on travel on Wednesday, just hours before it was to have taken effect.
The ruling, granting the state of Hawaii's request for a temporary restraining order, puts the president's second attempt to restrict visas for 90 days for nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen on hold.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said the restraining order applies nationwide.
Watson wrote that the plaintiffs had a “strong likelihood of success on the merits” in their attempt to overturn the order. Hawaii and other states have opposed the travel order. Critics have called it a thinly veiled unconstitutional “Muslim ban,” something Trump has denied.
The 'travel ban' was also in court in Maryland on March 15.
President Trump has not responded yet to the Hawaii court's decision.