A Hawaii federal judge who granted an indefinite restraining order against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban said he refused to be cowed.
Earlier in March, District Judge Derrick Watson made headlines after issuing a nationwide temporary restraining order barring the implementation of Trump’s executive order on immigration. Trump placed a 90-day ban on foreign nationals entering the U.S. from six Muslim-majority countries.
Some even called for tourists to boycott the state over the judge’s defiance. On Wednesday evening, Judge Derrick Watson doubled down on his stance, which converts a ruling meant to last a couple of weeks into a longer-lasting preliminary injunction.
‘The Court will not crawl into a corner, pull the shutters closed, and pretend it has not seen what it has.’
Watson’s rationale largely tracked that of the decision he made two weeks ago, according to comments in the court document cited by CNN.
Watson had been joined by Maryland, which also blocked the executive order a day before it was due to take effect. The Trump administration has been working to overturn those rulings.
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