Hawaii federal judge blocks new travel ban

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Hawaii courthouse Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, left, and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum speak at a press conference outside the federal courthouse, Wednesday, March 15, 2107, in Honolulu. Hearings were scheduled Wednesday in Maryland, Washington state and Hawaii on President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The lawsuit claims the ban harms Hawaii by highlighting the state’s dependence on international travelers, its ethnic diversity and its welcoming reputation as the Aloha State. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

A federal judge in Hawaii has put President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban on hold.

CGTN’s Sean Callebs reports.

Federal judge in Hawaii blocks new travel ban

Federal judge in Hawaii blocks new travel ban

A federal judge in Hawaii has put President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on hold. CGTN's Sean Callebs reports.
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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.

Story by The Associated Press.