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U.S. judge to issue ruling on halting Trump's travel ban before Thursday
March 15, 2017 / 9:28 PM / 5 months ago

U.S. judge to issue ruling on halting Trump's travel ban before Thursday

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the American Center for Mobility for American Manufactured Vehicles in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, U.S. March 15, 2017.Jonathan Ernst

HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said at a court hearing in Hawaii on Wednesday that he will issue a written ruling about whether to halt President Donald Trump's revised travel ban before it is set to take effect at 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) on Thursday.

The State of Hawaii challenged the ban, which was signed on March 6 and revamped an earlier, more sweeping order, arguing it discriminates against Muslims and violates the U.S. Constitution. The first ban was halted by a federal court in Seattle.

The new executive order would temporarily bar the entry of refugees and travellers from six Muslim-majority countries.

Reporting by Dan Levine in Honolulu; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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