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Hawaii judge blocks travel ban – Trump criticizes US District Judge Derrick Watson

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Washington: Donald Trump’s Muslim ban suffered yet another jolt when a Hawaii judge put it on hold. Though it is a temporary restraining order, it gave President Trump another reason to take on judiciary during his Nashville, Tennessee election style rally and condemn the judge.

While his original travel ban had been crippled by one judicial intervention after the other, as millions of Americans poured into massive rallies across the US, he was hoping that the revised executive order will not suffer the same fate.

He made many changes in the original plan, removing Iraq from the list of the nations whose natives were banned entry in the US. It also exempted people with Green Cards and valid visas.

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Meanwhile, a federal judge in Hawaii has shocked the President by issuing an emergency halt to the order just hours before it was set to go into effect. The ruling by US District Judge Derrick Watson on Wednesday prevents the executive order from going into effect on Thursday.

While it might have shocked Trump and his supporters, people in the civil society organizations are not surprised. The order came as Hawaii told the court that revised executive order will harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students. Ismail Elshikh, a plaintiff in the lawsuit, said the ban will prevent his Syrian mother-in-law from visiting.

This prompted President to criticise the judge saying it was “unprecedented judicial overreach”. While addressing a rally in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump said, “This is in the opinion of many an unprecedented judicial overreach”.

A CNN report says “a 43-page ruling, US District Court Judge Derrick Watson concluded in no uncertain terms that the new executive order failed to pass legal muster at this stage and the state had established “a strong likelihood of success” on their claims of religious discrimination.”

Meanwhile, there are several other cases being heard in different parts of the US. Civil society organizations demanded a federal judge in Maryland to halt implementation of the ban, claiming it discriminates on the basis of religion and violates the US constitution.

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