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A White House spokesman says a Hawaii rul­ing block­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s travel ban is just the lat­est step that will al­low the ad­min­is­tra­tion to ap­peal.

Sean Spicer said Thurs­day that the White House firmly be­lieves the ex­ec­u­tive or­der is le­gal, nec­es­sary for na­tional se­cu­rity and will ul­ti­mately be al­lowed to move for­ward.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Der­rick Wat­son is­sued a 24-page or­der Wed­nes­day ex­tend­ing his tem­po­rary or­der block­ing the ban. It came af­ter the Depart­ment of Justice ar­gued for a nar­rower rul­ing only cov­er­ing the part of Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der that sus­pends new visas for peo­ple from six Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries.

Gov­ern­ment at­tor­ney Chad Readler said halt­ing the flow of refugees had no ef­fect on Hawaii and the state has not shown how it is harmed by the ban. Wat­son dis­agreed.

Wat­son said Hawaii has shown that the ban will harm its uni­ver­si­ties and tourism in­dus­try as well as the imam of a Honolulu mosque, Is­mail El­shikh, who joined the law­suit.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion says the ex­ec­u­tive or­der falls within the pres­i­dent’s power to pro­tect na­tional se­cu­rity.

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