A federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday issued a sweeping freeze of President Trump’s new executive order about immigration and travel. U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson in a 43 pages opinion exposure declared that his order was meant to discriminate against Muslims, violating the Constitution.
“The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable,” Watson wrote. “The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.” The state of Washington, joined by five other states, filed a complaint Monday with the same Seattle judge who stayed Trump's original travel ban in February. However judge Watson in Hawaii was considering only a request for a temporary restraining order, and while that required him to assess whether challengers of the ban would ultimately succeed, his ruling is not the final word on that question. The Justice Department could now appeal the ruling, or wage a longer-term court battle before the judge in Hawaii. Under the US legal system, a federal judge can suspend all or part of the Trump executive order, with nationwide effect. Several states along with refugee assistance programs and rights groups have brought suits over the Republican leader's revamped version of the order he issued on January 27.