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Judge temporarily halts new travel ban

A federal judge has temporarily halted President Donald Trump’s new travel ban. (Source: Raycom Media) A federal judge has temporarily halted President Donald Trump’s new travel ban. (Source: Raycom Media)

(RNN) - A federal judge in Honolulu has temporarily halted President Donald Trump’s new travel ban nationwide.

The new order was set to take effect on Thursday.

Hawaii became the first state to challenge the revised executive order by lawsuit last week.

Hawaii "met its burden of establishing a strong likelihood ... that irreparable injury is likely," Judge Derrick Watson wrote in his opinion in issuing the temporary restraining order.

"Ultimately what I think the public needs to understand is that this is what the checks and balances system is all about," said Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin. "The president might make certain decisions, but the way our government works then we also need to be able to also take our own steps to check and balance out that whole process."

The new order barred entry of some from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days and suspended the general refugee program for 120 days. Iraq, originally included in the first travel ban, was not included in the revised ban.

The indefinite suspension of the Syrian refugee program, part of Trump's first ban, was also not included in the revised ban. 

In a rally in Nashville Wednesday, Trump called his second ban a "watered-down version" of the first and slammed the ruling as "judicial overreach." 

"The danger is clear, the law is clear, the need for my executive order is clear," he said. 

He promised he would take the fight to the Supreme Court if necessary. 

Washington, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon are among the other states that have filed separate lawsuits against the revised ban.

Federal judges in Maryland and Washington heard arguments Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang of Maryland said that a ruling could come as early as the end of the day.

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