President Trump’s latest attempt to temporarily ban immigrants and refugees from six Muslim-majority countries was put on hold by a judge in Honolulu, Hawaii, which means that the 90-day ban on new visa approvals won’t be enforced starting Thursday, March 16, as intended.
“The decision by the judge in Honolulu to block the policy nationwide will almost certainly be appealed by the Trump administration and could reach the U.S. Supreme Court,” says Bloomberg.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said that a reasonable person would conclude that the stated purpose of the executive order really is “secondary to a religious objective” of temporarily suspending the entry of Muslims into the country. The judge, one of three considering the latest EO. therefore found that revisions to the original order “weren’t enough to convince him that the ban was free of religious discrimination,” notes Bloomberg.