A federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday ordered the U.S. government to halt the president’s executive order barring travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, a move that could allow some to travel overseas without fear of being stopped by authorities.
The order, signed by President Donald Trump on Monday, requires that U.N. member states take action against the countries and requires them to submit to court rulings that would stop the ban from taking effect.
A federal appeals court in San Francisco had halted the executive order, and a federal judge on Tuesday ordered the order to stay in place while a hearing was held in the case.
The U.K.’s High Court also granted a preliminary injunction blocking the ban, meaning it would not go into effect.
The White House and other administration officials have sought to portray the executive orders as necessary to combat terrorism, despite widespread condemnation of the order and the possibility that the U,S.
would be hit by a terror attack.
Trump has argued that the order is necessary to prevent terror attacks.
The administration has said the order does not have legal standing, and that the ruling does not give the president authority to impose the ban.
District Judge Derrick Watson issued a temporary restraining order in response to a motion by the Trump administration to block the order, according to a copy of the ruling obtained by Reuters.
Watson said he did not rule on whether the order should be allowed to take effect immediately.
He said he had no choice but to issue the order after the U of H and the U-M universities submitted an affidavit showing they could comply with the order.
Watson ordered that the Trump executive order be immediately blocked from taking full effect, and ordered the state and the University of Hawaii to comply with his order within 72 hours.
Hawaii has said it is in the process of submitting a plan to the U as to how to comply.
Watson also ordered that Hawaii immediately stop cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security in the implementation of the ban and said the state’s public universities must immediately implement the order within 48 hours.
The court ordered the federal government to take a step toward enforcing the order by issuing a preliminary restraining order.
The government is still appealing the order’s injunction.
The ban is set to take affect on Jan. 27, barring entry to the United States by citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Trump’s order suspends the entry of refugees indefinitely, and prohibits the admission of all refugees for 120 days.