Just hours after U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ruled Wednesday in favor of Hawaii's request for a temporary restraining order against President Trump's revised executive order to restrict travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., a second judge, in Maryland, has struck down another provision of the order.
U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang's restraining order is narrower than Watson's, and it targets a portion of Trump's order that prevents citizens of the six majority-Muslim countries from being able to be issued a visa. Like Watson, Chuang claimed that statements made by Trump and his advisers proved "President Trump's animus toward Muslims and intention to impose a ban on Muslims entering the United States."
The ban was slated to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, but the federal judges' rulings block it nationwide.
"Let me tell you something, I think we ought to go back to the first [executive order] and go all the way," Trump told a rally in Nashville on Wednesday. "The danger is clear, the law is clear, the need for my executive order is clear."