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Mar 17, 2017 09:42 AM IST | Source: PTI

Another federal judge blocks revamped travel ban citing Trump's 'religious bias'

The order by the federal judge in Hawaii late Wednesday night came after the state sued the Trump administration over the revised travel ban issued last week. Hawaii argued that the revised travel ban was still unconstitutional.

Another federal judge blocks revamped travel ban citing Trump's 'religious bias'
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Two American judges have halted Donald Trump's revised travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations, stating that his own comments suggested religious bias, in a blow to the US President who has vowed to take the legal battle all the way up to the Supreme Court.

The order by the federal judge in Hawaii late Wednesday night came after the state sued the Trump administration over the revised travel ban issued last week. Hawaii argued that the revised travel ban was still unconstitutional.

"The illogic of the government's contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed," judge Derrick Watson wrote in his 43-page court order.

"Any reasonable, objective observer would conclude, as does the Court for purposes of the instant Motion for TRO (Temporary Restraining Order), that the stated secular purpose of the Executive Order is, at the very least, 'secondary to a religious objective' of temporarily suspending the entry of Muslims," the judge said.

A second federal judge in Maryland issued a separate block on just the core provision concerning travel from the Muslim world, ruling it would cause "irreparable harm" were it to go into effect.

US District Judge Theodore Chuang issued a partial injunction on a separate complaint filed by advocacy groups claiming that the amended order discriminates against Muslims.

The revised travel ban on people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 day was scheduled to come into effect midnight of March 15.

Reacting to the development, the White House said the Trump administration would "vigorously defend" the travel ban and would battle its suspension in the federal courts.

Trump, commenting on the ruling by the Hawaii judge, said it "makes us look weak" and vowed to challenge the order in the Supreme Court.

"We're going to take our case as far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the Supreme Court," Trump said as his supporters booed the Hawaii federal judge.

Appearing in a combative mood, Trump alleged that the decision of the Ninth Circuit court was an example of "unprecedented judicial overreach".
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