>> A US 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. Reuters correspondent Dan Levine.>> So the last travel ban was expired before the Supreme Court could consider it. Now that we have a new travel ban and a new ruling on it, I would expect that this will go back up the chain of federal courts, and the Supreme Court eventually will have to make a ruling on whether this is permissible or not.
And since this ban is open ended, there's no time expiration on it, I would expect that eventually the Supreme Court will rule on this one. And then we'll know what the administration's allowed to do or not.>> In his ruling on Tuesday, US 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 6 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 seven Muslim majority countries. It spurred nation-wide 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.