A US federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday placed a stronger hold on President Trump’s plan to temporarily suspend immigration from six majority Muslim countries, striking another legal blow against the president’s attempts to institute a travel ban.
Judge Derrick Watson’s ruling means Mr Trump will be barred from enforcing the ban on six mostly Muslim nations while it is contested in court.
In a lawsuit, the US state says the ban would harm tourism and the ability to recruit foreign students and workers.
President Trump says his revised travel ban seeks to prevent terrorists from entering the United States.
The judge made the ruling after hearing arguments from attorneys for the state of Hawaii and the US Department of Justice.
The judge turned his earlier temporary restraining order into a preliminary injunction that would have a more lasting effect.
President Trump’s executive order on 6 March would have placed a 90-day ban on people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen and a 120-day ban on refugees.
Source: Daily Sun, Dhaka, Bangladesh