HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge in Hawaii has put President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban on hold.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued his ruling Wednesday after hearing arguments on Hawaii’s request for a temporary restraining order involving the ban.
His ruling prevents the executive order from going into effect Thursday.
More than half a dozen states are trying to stop the ban, and federal courts in Maryland, Washington state and Hawaii heard arguments Wednesday about whether it should be put into practice.
Hawaii argued that the ban discriminates on the basis of nationality and would prevent Hawaii residents from receiving visits from relatives in the six mostly Muslim countries covered by the ban.
The state also says the ban would harm its tourism industry and the ability to recruit foreign students and workers.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee issued this statement on the ruling against the Executive Order banning travel from six countries:
“I commend today’s decision to grant a temporary restraining order against the Administration’s Executive Order. Just like the first Executive Order, this latest attempt to target individuals from Muslim-majority countries has been halted.
In San Francisco we welcome millions of visitors each year, and we are proud to be the home of immigrants trying to build better lives for themselves and their families. We stand side-by-side with our Muslim friends and will continue to fight to protect the rights of all our residents.”
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