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Second judge blocks revised Trump travel ban

Trump's executive order was scheduled to go into effect Thursday. The Maryland judge's ruling comes on the heels of a federal judge in Hawaii issuing a temporary restraining order nationwide on the ban Wednesday.  (Source: White House/CNN) Trump's executive order was scheduled to go into effect Thursday. The Maryland judge's ruling comes on the heels of a federal judge in Hawaii issuing a temporary restraining order nationwide on the ban Wednesday.  (Source: White House/CNN)

(RNN/CNN) - A federal judge in Maryland on Thursday temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's 90-day ban on immigration from citizens of six Muslim-majority countries.

The ruling comes on the heels of a federal judge in Hawaii issuing a temporary restraining order nationwide on the ban Wednesday.

Trump's executive order, signed March 6, was scheduled to go into effect Thursday. He and his administration argued the ban was in the interest of national security.

The new order would have barred people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days, as well as all refugees for 120 days.

Critics said the new ban remains legally flawed. Both judges cited comments Trump made on the campaign trail, stating he would ban all Muslims from entering the country.

Also on Thursday, a Seattle judge who put a nationwide hold on the first travel ban said that ruling did not extend to the second travel ban. 

At a rally Wednesday in Nashville, Trump made a sarcastic comment implying the Hawaii judge's decision was politically motivated. He said his administration would appeal to the Supreme Court, if necessary.

"The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first one," Trump said.

Judge Derrick K. Watson of the federal court in Honolulu said a reasonable observer would determine the latest order was done "with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion."

The first executive order, signed Jan. 27, included the six countries plus Iraq, an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, and it did not specify that people from the countries with visas and green cards were exempt, which caused confusion in the hours after it was signed and went into effect. Also, it said Christians refugees from the countries would get preferential treatment. Protests broke out at airports in cities across the countries. 

The previous order was struck down by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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