The Latest: Trump suffers new defeat on revised travel ban

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - The Latest on federal court challenges to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban (all times local except where noted):

7:45 a.m.

A federal judge in Greenbelt, Maryland, has blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries.

 This December 2015 photo shows U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu. Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump's revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday, March 15, 2017, by Watson, a federal judge in Hawaii who questioned whether the administration was motivated by national security concerns. (George Lee/The Star-Advertiser via AP)

This December 2015 photo shows U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu. Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump's revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday, March 15, 2017, by Watson, a federal judge in Hawaii who questioned whether the administration was motivated by national security concerns. (George Lee/The Star-Advertiser via AP)

Judge Theodore Chuang ruled Thursday in a case brought near the nation's capital by the ACLU and other groups representing immigrants, refugees and their families. The groups argued that the underlying rationale of the ban was to discriminate against Muslims, making it unconstitutional. Chuang granted a preliminary injunction nationwide basis.

It was the latest ruling against Trump's revised travel ban.

Government lawyers argued that the ban was substantially revised from an earlier version signed in January that was later blocked by a federal judge in Washington state. They said the ban was ordered in the interest of national security to protect the U.S. from "radical Islamic terrorism."

The Maryland plaintiffs also argued the ban illegally reduces the number of refugees authorized to enter the U.S. this year.

Chuang granted a preliminary injunction nationwide basis pending further orders from this court. He declined to stay the ruling should an emergency appeal be filed.

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1:40 a.m. EDT

A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was to take effect, marking the second time courts have thwarted Trump's efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations.

The ruling came from a judge in Hawaii who rejected the government's claims that the travel ban is about national security, not discrimination. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson also said Hawaii would suffer financially if the executive order constricted the flow of students and tourists to the state, and that Hawaii was likely to succeed on a claim that the ban violates First Amendment protections against religious discrimination.

Watson criticized what he called the "illogic" of the government's arguments and cited "significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus" behind the travel ban. He also noted that while courts should not examine the "veiled psyche" and "secret motives" of government decision-makers, "the remarkable facts at issue here require no such impermissible inquiry."

 Hawaii attorney general Douglas Chin, left, along with Hawaii Gov. David Ige, speaks at a press conference Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Honolulu. Chin says he's cautiously optimistic that a federal judge will rule in the state's favor and issue an injunction against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban before it goes into effect. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Hawaii attorney general Douglas Chin, left, along with Hawaii Gov. David Ige, speaks at a press conference Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Honolulu. Chin says he's cautiously optimistic that a federal judge will rule in the state's favor and issue an injunction against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban before it goes into effect. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

 Attorney General Bob Ferguson smiles as he speaks with the media on the steps of the federal courthouse after an immigration hearing there Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Seattle. Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump's revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by a federal judge in Hawaii. In a new court filing Wednesday, Ferguson said the state supports the arguments made in a related case filed by an immigrant rights group based in Seattle that alleges the ban discriminates against Muslims and violates federal immigration law. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Attorney General Bob Ferguson smiles as he speaks with the media on the steps of the federal courthouse after an immigration hearing there Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Seattle. Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump's revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by a federal judge in Hawaii. In a new court filing Wednesday, Ferguson said the state supports the arguments made in a related case filed by an immigrant rights group based in Seattle that alleges the ban discriminates against Muslims and violates federal immigration law. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

 Attorney General Bob Ferguson, center, stands with Solicitor General Noah Purcell, left, and Civil Rights Unit Chief Colleen Melody as he speaks with media members on the steps of the federal courthouse after an immigration hearing there Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Seattle. Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump's revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by a federal judge in Hawaii. In a new court filing Wednesday, Ferguson said the state supports the arguments made in a related case filed by an immigrant rights group based in Seattle that alleges the ban discriminates against Muslims and violates federal immigration law. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, center, stands with Solicitor General Noah Purcell, left, and Civil Rights Unit Chief Colleen Melody as he speaks with media members on the steps of the federal courthouse after an immigration hearing there Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Seattle. Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump's revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by a federal judge in Hawaii. In a new court filing Wednesday, Ferguson said the state supports the arguments made in a related case filed by an immigrant rights group based in Seattle that alleges the ban discriminates against Muslims and violates federal immigration law. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

 Attorney General Bob Ferguson, right, stands with members of his staff, including Solicitor General Noah Purcell, center, and Civil Rights Unit Chief Colleen Melody, second left, before speaking with the media on the steps of the federal courthouse after an immigration hearing there Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Seattle. Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump's revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by a federal judge in Hawaii. In a new court filing Wednesday, Ferguson said the state supports the arguments made in a related case filed by an immigrant rights group based in Seattle that alleges the ban discriminates against Muslims and violates federal immigration law. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, right, stands with members of his staff, including Solicitor General Noah Purcell, center, and Civil Rights Unit Chief Colleen Melody, second left, before speaking with the media on the steps of the federal courthouse after an immigration hearing there Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Seattle. Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump's revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by a federal judge in Hawaii. In a new court filing Wednesday, Ferguson said the state supports the arguments made in a related case filed by an immigrant rights group based in Seattle that alleges the ban discriminates against Muslims and violates federal immigration law. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

 Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin speak at a press conference outside the federal courthouse, Wednesday, March 15, 2107, in Honolulu. Hearings were scheduled Wednesday in Maryland, Washington state and Hawaii on President Donald Trump's travel ban. Hawaii's lawsuit claims the ban harms Hawaii by highlighting the state's dependence on international travelers, its ethnic diversity and its welcoming reputation as the Aloha State. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin speak at a press conference outside the federal courthouse, Wednesday, March 15, 2107, in Honolulu. Hearings were scheduled Wednesday in Maryland, Washington state and Hawaii on President Donald Trump's travel ban. Hawaii's lawsuit claims the ban harms Hawaii by highlighting the state's dependence on international travelers, its ethnic diversity and its welcoming reputation as the Aloha State. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

 President Donald Trump speaks at a rally Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

 Hakim Ouansafi, president of the Muslim Association of Hawaii, stands outside the federal courthouse, Wednesday, March 15, 2107, in Honolulu. Legal efforts to overturn President Donald Trump's travel ban will be held Wednesday in Hawaii. The lawsuit claims the ban harms Hawaii by highlighting the state's dependence on international travelers, its ethnic diversity and its welcoming reputation as the Aloha State. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Hakim Ouansafi, president of the Muslim Association of Hawaii, stands outside the federal courthouse, Wednesday, March 15, 2107, in Honolulu. Legal efforts to overturn President Donald Trump's travel ban will be held Wednesday in Hawaii. The lawsuit claims the ban harms Hawaii by highlighting the state's dependence on international travelers, its ethnic diversity and its welcoming reputation as the Aloha State. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

 Justin Cox of the National Immigration Law Center, representing all the plaintiffs, right, accompanied by Omar Jadwat of the ACLU, speaks to reporters outside the court in Greenbelt, Md., Wednesday, March 15, 2017. A federal judge in Maryland says he will issue a ruling in a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Justin Cox of the National Immigration Law Center, representing all the plaintiffs, right, accompanied by Omar Jadwat of the ACLU, speaks to reporters outside the court in Greenbelt, Md., Wednesday, March 15, 2017. A federal judge in Maryland says he will issue a ruling in a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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