A US district judge in Virginia has ruled that President Donald Trump’s executive order barring entry from seven countries is unconstitutional.
Judge Leonie Brinkema issued a preliminary injunction, asserting that the campaign vow to institute a “Muslim ban” violated the First Amendment.
The Monday ruling is significant, as the judge ruled that religious bias is at the heart of Mr Trump’s ban.
Judges elsewhere have already upheld an order stopping implementation.
The First Amendment prohibits the government from establishing laws that favour one religion over another.