Hawaii judge indefinitely blocks Donald Trump's travel ban

Hawaii judge indefinitely blocks Donald Trump's travel ban
Source: AP
Source: AP

A federal judge in Hawaii indefinitely halted President Donald Trump's travel ban Wednesday, in yet another win for opponents of the ban, CNN reported.

Initially, district court Judge Derrick Watson issued a temporary restraining order on enforcing Trump's travel ban, using the administration's own words to determine that the ban was meant to discriminate against Muslims, a violation of the Constitution's establishment clause.

On Wednesday, Watson extended the temporary restraining order into a more permanent preliminary injunction — a move requested by the plaintiffs in the case.

That means the ban on enforcing Trump's order will continue until the full lawsuit against the ban is resolved — or until a higher court possibly decides to overturn Watson's decision. 

"The court will not crawl into a corner, pull the shutters closed and pretend it has not seen what it has," Watson wrote in his decision, according to BuzzFeed.

The Department of Justice has already appealed a Maryland judge's block of Trump's travel ban to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals — a more conservative court than the 9th Circuit that encompasses Hawaii.

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Emily C. Singer

Emily C. Singer, née Cahn, is a senior writer for Mic covering politics. She is based in New York and can be reached at esinger@mic.com

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