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Judge Derrick Watson grants the state’s motion to turn a temporary restraining order against Trump into a preliminary injunction.
The Trump administration said the travel ban was needed to avert an urgent security crisis. But officials are slow to file an appeal.
It’s unclear how the new screening policy, which includes a social media check, will affect foreign tourists and others coming to the islands.
Attorneys for the state say the temporary restraining order should now be a longer-term stay that lasts until the case is fully decided.
Judge Derrick Watson issued a short decision Sunday saying his original order was perfectly clear.
Acquaintances call the federal judge from Honolulu reserved and unemotional. But he’s under attack from the president and his supporters.
A local hearing is scheduled to begin six hours after one in Maryland and 90 minutes before another in Seattle.
The state claims that the newly revised executive order is “infected with the same legal problems” as the original.