Key portions of President Donald Trump's new travel ban won't take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday morning because US District Judge Derrick Watson has granted Hawaii's request for a nationwide temporary halt.
In a hearing Wednesday, Hawaii argued that the travel ban discriminated against Muslims and would have severely damaged key Hawaiian institutions and industries like higher education and tourism. Meanwhile, Justice Department lawyers argued that because the ban applied to only a small fraction of the world's majority-Muslim countries, it wasn't discriminatory.
Watson said he disagreed.
"The illogic of the Government's contentions is palpable," he wrote in his ruling. "The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed."
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