Government Cites Virginia Travel-Ban Ruling in Push to Lift Hawaii's Order

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In Honolulu, Hawaii, last Saturday 19 March Judge Derrick Watson rejected the Trump administration's attempts to stop his ruling halting Trump's executive order barring people from a handful of majority-Muslim nations from entering the US.

A federal judge who blocked President Donald Trump's new travel ban is being offered protection by the FBI after threats to his safety.

He issued his ruling last week hours before the travel ban was to go into effect.

Trump's attorneys contend Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin is hoping the court treats the next step in formally banning the executive order as "a mere formality" since the state has failed to provide relevant evidence to support their claim, the Justice Department said in the filing.

FBI spokeswoman Michele Ernst said they know about threats Watson has received and is prepared to help, but did not provide further information about the investigation.

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The new ban was supposed to take care of some of the legal problems, as it specifically didn't apply to green card and visa holders. The U.S. Marshals Service has flown in about a dozen marshals to protect him around the clock, according to the news station. It would have banned people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days.

A federal judge in Virginia has ruled against a Muslim civil-rights group that sought to block the Trump administration's proposed travel ban.

"The illogic of the government's contentions is palpable".

"The U.S. Marshals service will do a critical risk assessment, look at the threat, make an analysis, and determine the level of protection needed", Former federal agent Tommy Aiu said.

Watson is not the only judge who blocked the ban.