President Trump’s new travel ban faces indefinite halt

By Itunuoluwa Adebo

US District Court Judge Derrick Watson on Wednesday further extended his injunction on President Trump’s revised travel ban. This comes after the State of Hawaii asked the judge to extend the temporary ruling he passed on the case about two weeks ago.

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This implies that the new executive order signed by President Trump placing a 90 day ban on foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries and the 120 day ban on refugees entering the country are now blocked until a higher court changes the judge’s order.

The State of Hawaii was the first to challenge the President’s executive order in court. The court ruled in favour of the State, placing a temporary ban on the executive order two weeks ago, which is now being extended at the request of the State.

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In support of the new ruling, The United States Justice Department said in a statement: “The Justice Department strongly disagrees with the federal district court’s ruling. The President’s executive order fails squarely within his lawful authority in seeking to protect our nation’s security, and the department will continue to defend this executive order in the courts.”

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