Second judge in Maryland blocks Donald Trump's new travel ban following earlier Hawaii snub

Donald Trump's second travel ban blocked by Hawaii judge hours before coming into effect

The judge who blocked said the evidence it would protect national security was 'questionable'

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A second judge has dealt another blow to Donald Trump's second travel ban, hours before it was due to come into effect.

A federal judge in Maryland has temporarily blocked parts of the executive order, which bans travel from six majority-Muslim countries.

This follows a temporary nationwide restraining order issued by judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii.

Watson released a 43-page report on the ban, the successor to the order which caused travel chaos and protests across America. The new order, if and when it comes into effect, will prevent citizens of Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iran, and Sudan from entering the United States for 90 days and will block all refugees from entering the country.

Mr Trump and his team have defended this as critical to US national security, and insisted it isn't meant to target solely Muslims.

In his ruling, Watson claimed the evidence behind the Trump administration's argument that the ban was necessary for national security was "questionable."

He wrote that the "illogic" of the plans was clear, saying the executive order clearly targeted Muslims given their high population in the six countries.  

Mr Trump responded to the ruling while at a rally in Nashville. He insisted it made America look weak, and called it "unprecendented judicial overreach."

He indicated he would fight his case for the ban, even willing to go as far as the Supreme Court.