22nd November 04:59 PM
Federal judge blocks President Trump’s new travel ban
By Lena Reece
Thursday 16/03/2017
US President Donald Trump

A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked US President Donald Trump’s new travel ban, hours before it was due to go into effect.

US media reports, the order was signed on 6 March after an initial, broader ban was suspended by federal courts.

The revised order temporarily barred entry to the United States of most refugees as well as travelers from six Muslim‑majority countries.

It removed Iraq from the list of banned countries, exempted those with green cards and visas, and removed a provision that was criticised as prioritising certain religious minorities.

CNN reported, despite these changes, US District Court Judge Derrick Watson concluded that the new executive order still failed to pass legal muster.

The Hawaii ruling means that travelers from these six countries and refugees will be able to travel to the United States.

A judge in Maryland said he also might issue an emergency order in advance of the ban.

President Trump has said the policy is critical for national security.

Source: cnn.com

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