A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked the latest version of the Trump Administration travel ban from six Muslim-dominated countries.
The travel ban was set to take effect at midnight Wednesday.
The order by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu, came in a 43-page ruling that imposed a temporary restraining order. Watson found there was a strong likelihood on success in the state’s argument that the travel ban would violate the Constitution’s establishment clause by targeting Muslim-dominated countries.
Trump immediately attacked the ruling during a speech in Tennessee.
“We’re going to fight this terrible ruling,” he told the crowd. “We should go back to the first one and go all the way, which I wanted to do in the first place,” he said.
He criticized Watson, saying the judge had political motivations for his decision, as well as the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which last month upheld a similar national order blocking the first travel ban issued by a judge in Seattle.
Watson cited a number of campaign statements by Trump and other supporters in 2016 that they wanted to impose a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
The next step in this challenge would be for the government to appeal to the 9th Circuit.
Case: Hawaii v. Trump, No. 17-50