(Reuters) – A federal choose in Hawaii prolonged his halt of U.S. President Donald Trump’s journey ban on residents from six Muslim-majority international locations.
U.S. District Decide Derrick Watson, who stopped the ban from taking impact this week, on Friday transformed his non permanent restraining order to a preliminary injunction.
Watson’s ruling, issued in Honolulu, applies solely to the six Muslim-majority international locations of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad, though the ban, introduced in September, additionally limits journey from North Korea and Venezuela.
Trump has mentioned the restrictions are wanted to tighten safety and stop terrorist assaults, and his administration reserved its proper to enchantment the injunction.
Opponents say the ban violates the U.S. Structure as a result of it discriminates towards Muslims whereas overstepping the bounds of U.S. immigration legislation by discriminating by nationality.
Reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Extra reporting by Mica Rosenberg in New York; Enhancing by Lisa Von Ahn