Hawaii judge judge indefinitely puts Trumps travel ban on hold
Mar 30, Washington DC:US federal judge in Hawaii has indefinitely extended the suspension of President Trump's new travel ban as the US state says the ban would harm tourism and the ability to recruit foreign students and workers.
Judge Derrick Watson's ruling means that Trump will be barred from enforcing the ban on six mostly Muslim nations while it is contested in court although President Trump has said that his revised travel ban seeks to prevent terrorists from entering the United States.
Judge Watson made the ruling late on Wednesday after hearing arguments from attorneys for the state of Hawaii and the US Department of Justice. The judge turned his earlier temporary restraining order into a preliminary injunction that would have a more lasting effect.
President Trump's executive order on 6 March would have placed a 90-day ban on people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen and a 120-day ban on refugees.
Mr Trump has complained of "unprecedented judicial overreach", pledging to take the case "as far as it needs to go".
An appeal against the Hawaii decision would be expected to go next to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - the same court which in February said it would not block a ruling by a Seattle court to halt the original travel ban.
The Oslo Times International News Network