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U.S. judge blocks latest Trump travel ban
October 18, 2017 | 1:58 PM
by Times TV
 
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A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocking President Donald Trump's latest version of the travel ban nationwide just, hours before it was to take effect.

The open-ended ban, announced last month, targeted people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea, as well as certain government officials from Venezuela.

And the state of Hawaii sued in federal court in Honolulu to block it, although it didn't challenge entry restrictions on North Korea and Venezuela.

In his ruling on Tuesday U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said the policy, QUOTE, "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be 'detrimental to the interests of the United States."



The White House immediately hitting back with a statement calling the court order quote dangerously flawed and saying it undercuts the President's efforts to keep the American people safe.

It was the latest version of a policy--first introduced by executive order in January and originally targeted 7 Muslim-majority countries -- It spurred nationwide protests and was repeatedly rejected by courts across America. As a candidate Trump, had promised "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."

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