Judge sets hearing for Hawaii's challenge to new travel ban

Judge sets hearing for Hawaii's challenge to new travel ban
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A federal district judge in Hawaii on Wednesday agreed to hear arguments on whether to block President Trump's revised travel ban, a day before it is set to take effect. 

Judge Derrick Watson set the hearing for March 15, giving the government until March 13 to respond to the request for a stay and state attorneys a day to respond before the hearing.

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The order granted requests from attorneys in Hawaii to amend the lawsuit they filed challenging Trump's original order — a lawsuit that was put on hold after a Washington judge blocked the ban nationwide last month.

Attorneys for the state asked the court Tuesday to temporarily block the revised order Trump signed Monday. 

In revising the executive order, Trump removed Iraq from the list of predominantly Muslim countries from which travel is temporarily banned, as well as provisions that banned Syrian refugees indefinitely and included current green-card holders — changes meant to more easily defend the order in court.

- Updated at 3:47 p.m.