President Trump’s third attempt at a travel ban has met the same fate as the previous two: blocked by a federal judge, Politico reports. In an attempt to salvage the policy in the face of a legal onslaught, White House and Justice Department lawyers refined the presidential directive, sometimes incurring Trump’s public wrath over changes he dismissed as “politically correct.” Those adjustments didn’t matter much to U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii, who blocked Trump’s second travel ban in March and granted a temporary restraining order against the third one on Tuesday. Watson said Trump’s proclamation last month restricting travel to the U.S. by citizens of six countries still appeared to run afoul of federal immigration law.
The decision effectively rescinded much of Trump’s policy, at least pending an appeal, prompting officials to “resume regular processing of visas” for nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. Restrictions Trump was set to add on travel by North Koreans and certain Venezuelan government officials were not disturbed by the ruling and will take effect as planned on Wednesday. The other six nations covered in the latest ban are majority Muslim. Tuesday’s ruling notes that Trump has never renounced or repudiated his campaign-trail promise to ban Muslims from traveling to the U.S. and that critics have observed his recent tweets show his “record has only gotten worse.”