Donald Trump’s wish to prevent citizens from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US has suffered another set back, after a judge put his revised travel ban on hold. Derrick Watson, a US district judge in Hawaii, ordered the temporary stay just hours before Mr Trump’s action was due to come into effect at midnight. The nationwide ruling means that people should not be impacted by the order.
At a rally in Nashville President Trump called the move by the judge was an "unprecedented judicial overreach" and said he was ready to take the case "as far as it needs to go" including to the Supreme Court. "A judge has just blocked our executive order on travel and refugees coming into our country from certain countries", Mr Trump said.
"The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first order that was also blocked by another judge and that should never have been blocked to start with …This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach".
Judge Watson was one of three federal judges across the US that listened to legal arguments on Wednesday. Up to half-a-dozen states are seeking to block the executive order and judges in Maryland and the state of Washington also heard cases. Mr Trump had issued a revised travel ban after his first sparked international protests and suffered several legal setbacks from courts who judged it unconstitutional. He hoped the new order, which did not involve green card holders and which removed any reference to religion, would be legally more watertight.
But activists said the new ban still discriminated, both on the grounds of nationality and indeed religion. The judge also said Hawaii is likely to succeed on a claim that the ban violates the First Amendment right protecting people against religious discrimination.