A federal district court in Hawaii has blocked President Trump’s third travel ban nationwide just hours before it was set to take effect.
Judge Derrick Watson granted a temporary restraining order, concluding that the new targeted restrictions on travel from eight countries Trump issued on Sept. 24 suffers the same problems as the previous order, reports The Hill.
Trump’s Sept. 24 order indefinitely banned entry to the U.S. by most nationals of Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea. The order also restricted travel by certain Venezuelan government officials and their families.
Six of the eight nations are majority Muslim, but the judge’s ruling Monday ruling did not focus on that issue.
Watson’s order, issued in response to a lawsuit filed by the state of Hawaii, a Honolulu-based mosque, its imam and two state residents who have relatives in the affected countries, blocks the Trump administration from enforcing the new restrictions on travel from all of the nations except North Korea and Venezuela, according to the L.A. Times.