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Trump’s third travel ban blocked
A federal judge in Hawaii blocked the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban this week, hours before it was set to take effect, ruling that the executive order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor.” The order, which would have barred residents from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia, and Yemen, “plainly discriminates based on nationality,” said Judge Derrick Watson. Travel restrictions imposed on citizens of North Korea and Venezuela were not challenged under the suit. Hours later, a federal judge in Maryland issued a second halt to the ban, saying that Trump’s comments on the campaign trail and Twitter had convinced him that the travel restrictions represented an unconstitutional Muslim ban.