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U.S. District Court In Hawaii Issues TRO to Block Second Travel Ban the Day Before it is Set to Take Effect

U.S. District Court In Hawaii Issues TRO to Block Second Travel Ban the Day Before it is Set to Take Effect

On March 15th, the day before President Trump’s second travel ban was set to take effect, a U.S. District Judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order to block its implementation. Judge Derrick K. Watson found that the purpose of the ban was meant to discriminate against Muslims and that there was a “strong likelihood of success” that the plaintiffs would ultimately be able to prove a Constitutional violation.

The action in Hawaii was filed on the heels of the issuance of the Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry to the United States”, that was signed on March 6th and intended to take effect on March 16th. Although more narrow in scope than the first travel ban that had been issued on January 27, 2017, this was the second Executive Order that temporarily suspended travel to the United States for certain individuals for a period of 90 days.

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