A federal judge in Hawaii today (March 15, 2017) issued a nationwide halt to President Trump's temporary travel ban targeting six majority-Muslim countries, according to the USA Today website.
It was a stinging rebuke to Trump's second attempt to institute the controversial order, which was scheduled to go into effect tomorrow (March 16).
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued a temporary restraining order against Trump's ban, saying he would reject any immediate appeals by the government.
Watson wrote in his ruling that the federal government had not proved that the ban was needed to protect the U.S. from terrorists trying to infiltrate the country through legal immigration or the refugee program. He added that despite changes made by the White House in the new ban, it still violated constitutional protections of religion.