Judge in Hawaii Extends Order Blocking President’s Travel Ban, Siding With State’s Case

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HONOLULU — A federal judge in Hawaii decided Wednesday to extend his order blocking President Trump’s travel ban.

The judge, Derrick Watson of Federal District Court, issued the longer-lasting hold on the ban just hours after hearing arguments.

Hawaii says the policy discriminates against Muslims and hurts the state’s tourist-dependent economy. The implied message in the revised ban is like a “neon sign flashing ‘Muslim ban, Muslim ban,’” that the government didn’t bother to turn off, the state’s attorney general, Douglas Chin, told the judge.

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