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>> 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.