A Federal Judge in the US state of Hawaii has halted President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, ruling that it is unconstitutional.

US District Judge Derrick Watson ruled that the state of Hawaii, in its legal challenge to Trump’s executive order, had established that the law could not be enforced, hours before it was due to come into effect.

The judge ruled, citing several comments made by trump, that the travel ban is, despite the administration’s denials, a Muslim Ban. His ruling applies nationwide.

The court in Hawaii was the first to rule on several legal challenges against the travel ban, which targets people from six mainly Muslim countries.

Later, decisions were expected from federal courts in Washington state and Maryland.