President Trump's revised travel ban was hit with another legal block.
That ban would have been temporary, but the ruling Wednesday night makes it indefinite until the state lawsuit against the ban is resolved.
Department of Justice attorney Chad Readler argued Hawaii hadn't proven it was harmed by specific portions of the ban and asked Watson to restrict his ruling to the six-nation travel ban. Watson responded that a plaintiff in the case, an imam of a Hawaii mosque, was in fact specifically harmed by the ban.
But Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin argued the ban, while weaker than the original, had the same intent. He compared it to a flickering neon sign reading "Muslim ban" that the government didn't bother to turn off.
The court will not crawl into a corner, pull the shutters closed and pretend it has not seen what it has.
Government attorneys tried to convince Watson not to consider Trump's campaign-trail comments about the travel ban. Watson denied those requests.
A lawsuit involving the ban in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Maryland remains on the books.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.