U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii has indefinitely barred the enforcement of President Donald Trump’s revised executive order that temporarily prohibits citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the country, pending a full review by the courts of the order’s legality.
On March 15, Judge Watson issued a temporary block before the executive order was to go into effect. The judge’s temporary order was set to expire by March 30, but the latest ruling means it will now be extended.
Judge Watson is still unconvinced of the arguments by the Trump administration, and reiterated his assertions made in the Mar. 15 order. The court determined Trump’s travel ban to be religious discrimination and violates the U.S. Constitution.
The Daily Caller reports:
Watson’s decision did not come as a surprise — the best shot lawyers from the Department of Justice seemed to have was to convince Watson to narrow the scope of his order, instead of urging him to scrap it all together. Still, they argued during a hearing Wednesday that Hawaii had failed to show it would suffer irreparable harm without a permanent injunction, and that the order was a lawful exercise of presidential power.
The Department of Justice is appealing the Hawaii federal judge’s ruling in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The government is already appealing another case in Maryland.