A Hawaiian federal judge has indefinitely extended the block on President Trump’s revised executive order on immigration and refugee entry in to the United States.
Judge Derrick Watson, an Obama appointee, halted the travel ban on March 15 when he issued a temporary restraining order on the new travel restrictions. Those restraining orders are usually short-term, however, and Judge Watson indefinitely extended the order late Wednesday evening.
Department of Justice lawyers attempted to fight the ruling, arguing that the state of Hawaii failed to prove it had suffered ‘irreparable harm’ under the executive order.
The court was not convinced and extended their ruling.
Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin argued that the travel ban can be summed up as a "neon sign flashing 'Muslim ban, Muslim ban,'" reports ABC News
"We cannot fault the president for being politically incorrect, but we do fault him for being constitutionally incorrect," Chin added.
"The Court will not crawl into a corner, pull the shutters closed, and pretend it has not seen what it has seen,” Watson wrote in his statement.
President Trump’s new guidelines on immigration and refugees were first blocked in the courts back in February. Since that time, over 8,400 refugees, many from Syria, have settled in the United States.