Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hawaii judge puts Donald Trump's revised travel ban on hold

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 stay just hours before Mr Trump’s order was due to come into effect. The nationwide ruling means that people should not be impacted by the the order.
Mr Watson was one of a several judges across the US that listened to legal arguments on Wednesday. Up to half-a-dozen states were seeking to block the executive order and judges in Maryland and the state of Washington also heard cases.
The island state, which has a Democratic governor and legislative assembly, had argued that Mr Trump’s revised order discriminated on the grounds of
nationality and would prevent Hawaii residents from receiving visits from relatives in the six countries named in the ban.
It also said the order would harm its crucial tourism industry and the ability to recruit foreign students and workers.
The Associated Press said that a group of 58 tech companies, including Airbnb, Lyft and Dropbox, filed a “friend of the court' brief in the case saying the order hurt their ability to recruit the best talent from around the world.
A longer list of companies—that included giants like Apple, Facebook and Google—filed a brief opposing the first ban in a different court challenge brought by Washington state, which is ongoing.
During the election campaign, Mr Trump had promised to tighten immigration regulations.
While his original order, signed on January 27, was considered racist and counter-productive by many, large number of the president’s supporters backed the move. Mr Trump himself questioned the professional of the judges who ruled against him.
On Wednesday night, Mr Trump’s spokesman, Sean Spicer, did not immediately respond to questions from reporters about the court decision

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