State attorney general tells rewritten forbid is neon sign flashing: Muslim ban, Muslim ban, as judge regulations injunction on executive ordering must stay in place
A federal judge in Hawaii decided on Wednesday to extend his ordering blocking President Donald Trumps travel ban.
US district judge Derrick Watson issued the longer-lasting hold on the ban simply hours after hearing arguments.
Hawaii says the policy discriminates against Muslims and hurts the states tourist-dependent economy. The implied message in the revision of the forbid is like a neon sign flashing Muslim ban, Muslim ban that the government did not bother to turn off, state attorney general Douglas Chin told the judge.
Extending the temporary restraining order until the states lawsuit was resolved would ensure the constitutional rights of Muslim citizens across the US were protected after the repeated stops and starts of the last two months, the country said.
The government said the ban fell within the presidents power ensuring national security. Hawaii had attained merely generalised very concerned about its effect on students and tourism, department of justice attorney Chad Readler told the judge via telephone.
The Trump administration had asked Watson to narrow his original ruling to cover merely the part of Trumps rewrote executive ordering that suspends new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries. Readler told a freeze on the US refugee program had no effect on Hawaii.
Watson spurned that debate, avoiding the concerned authorities from stopping the arrival of refugees.
Hawaii was the first state to sue over Trumps rewrote forbid. The imam of a Honolulu mosque joined the challenge, arguing that the ban would avoid his Syrian mother-in-law from visiting family in Hawaii.
In his arguments, Chin quoted Trumps own comments that the revised travel forbid is a watered-down version of the original.
We cannot fault the president for being politically incorrect, but we do fault him for being constitutionally incorrect, Chin said.
Earlier this month, Watson avoided the federal government from suspending new visas for people from Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen, and freezing the nations refugee program. His ruling went hours before the federal government planned to start enforcing Trumps executive order.
Trump called Watsons previous ruling an example of unprecedented judicial overreach.
Chin said the extension of the ruling confirmed values of religion liberty, entailing Muslim travellers and refugees would face less uncertainty.