A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban today. It was set to come into effect tomorrow.
Hawaiian Judge Derrick Watson said the travel ban, which is the third version of the policy, “plainly discriminates based on nationality.”
The President’s executive order “suffers from precisely the same problems as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be ‘detrimental to the interests of the United States,'” Watson wrote.
The second version of the travel ban, issued in March, had barred residents of six Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. The new restrictions that were set to take effect Wednesday cover eight countries — Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia and Yemen.
This is Trump’s third attempt to impose a travel ban based on country of origin. And this is also the third time that a federal judge blocked it. What this means is that, for now, the U.S. administration cannot restrict entry to travelers from these countries.