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Judge: Newest travel ban 'same maladies' as previous version

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Posted at 5:47 AM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 05:47:55-04

A U.S. judge in Hawaii says President Donald Trump's latest travel ban suffers from the same problems as a previous version.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson granted the state of Hawaii's request to temporarily block the Trump administration from enforcing the policy, which was scheduled to take full effect Wednesday. His ruling says the latest version discriminates based on nationality.

The White House calls Tuesday's decision "dangerously flawed." The Justice Department says it will appeal.

The restrictions were to apply to citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria and Yemen - as well as some Venezuelan government officials and their families.

It was the third set of travel restrictions issued by the president to be thwarted, in whole or in part, by the courts.