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Hawaii District Court Converts Temporary Restraining Order Against Travel/Refugee Ban to Preliminary Injunction

Following a hearing yesterday, a federal judge in Hawaii granted the plaintiffs’ motion to convert the court’s temporary restraining order enjoining the government from enforcing or implementing Sections 2 and 6 of President Trump’s Executive Order 13780 nationwide to a preliminary injunction. The court concluded that the plaintiffs had met their burden of establishing a strong likelihood of success on the merits of their Establishment Clause claim, that irreparable injury was likely if the preliminary injunction was not issued, and that the balance of the equities and public interest counseled in favor of granting the requested relief.

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