The Latest: Hawaii files Trump travel ban injunction motion

HONOLULU (AP) " The Latest on Hawaii asking a federal judge to issue an injunction blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

Hawaii is taking its lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's travel ban to the next level by asking a judge to issue a preliminary injunction.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued a temporary restraining order halting key portions of Trump's executive order before it went into effect last week. Now attorneys representing Hawaii want Watson to turn the temporary order into a preliminary injunction.

In a motion filed Tuesday, Hawaii argues that Watson should issue an injunction for the same reasons he issued a temporary restraining order. Hawaii argues that the travel ban inflicts "state-sanction discrimination toward Muslims" in violation of the Constitution.

Watson is giving the government until Friday to respond to Hawaii's motion. He's setting a hearing for March 29.

The government is appealing a ruling from a federal judge in Maryland that also blocked the ban from taking effect.

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9:35 a.m.

Attorneys representing Hawaii in the state's challenge to President Donald Trump's travel ban are asking a federal judge to extend his temporary restraining order blocking the ban or turn it into a preliminary injunction.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson halted key portions of Trump's executive order before it went into effect last week. He's instructing Hawaii to file its preliminary injunction motion on Tuesday morning. The government will have until Friday to oppose the motion.

Watson is setting a hearing for March 29.

A Department of Justice spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the government still plans to appeal the Hawaii ruling.

The government is appealing a ruling from a federal judge in Maryland that also blocked the ban from taking effect.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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