16 Mar 2017 07:20 AM EST
- by Jorge Vargas, Editor
President Donald Trump's travel ban was blocked on Wednesday evening by a Hawaii district judge.
Judge Derrick K. Watson, of the Federal District Court in Honolulu, put a stay on the travel ban, repeatedly citing the president's campaign statements regarding Muslims, saying that the order was "ssued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion, in spite of its stated, religiously neutral purpose."
Trump, criticizing the court decision, acknowledged that this order was a "watered down" version of a previous executive order that blocked all travel from seven countries and, initially, did not exempt legal permanent residents or visa holders. This new order only blocked travel from non-visa holders from six predominantly Muslim countries, instead of six, and it had received far more vetting and scrutiny from White House lawyers before being issued.
The ban was slated to go into effect on March 16 but, given the court decision, that will no longer be the case.
Appeals can be heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is the same circuit that blocked Trump's previous travel ban in February.
At a campaign rally in Nashville on Wednesday night, Donald Trump promised to bring back the initial travel ban, saying they would "go all the way" with new ban.
There was no explanation of how this would pass the courts.
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