WASHINGTON – A federal judge in Seattle on Friday granted a nationwide temporary restraining order blocking Trump’s recent executive order that barred nationals from seven countries from entering the United States.
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In a clear cut manner, the judge James Robart declined to stay the order, suggesting that travel restrictions could be lifted immediately.
AG Ferguson obtains Restraining Order immediately halting Trump immigration Executive Order nationwide.
— WA Attorney General (@AGOWA) February 3, 2017
It all began as the state of Washington challenged Trump’s executive order and it was later joined by the state of Minnesota.
Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Monday filed a lawsuit in federal court against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and high-ranking Trump Administration officials.
The Attorney General also filed a motion for temporary restraining order seeking an immediate halt to the Executive Order’s implementation, which was honoured in Friday’s judgement.
‘No one is above the law — not even the President and in the courtroom, it is not the loudest voice that prevails. It’s the Constitution’ Ferguson said on Monday.
It is relevant to mention that attorneys from four US states were in court gainst the recently sworn in Donald Trump.
Trump’s administration justified the action on national security grounds, but rivals termed it an unconstitutional order aimed at targeting people on religious beliefs.
Moreover, a federal judge in Boston on Friday declined to extend a temporary restraining order that allowed some immigrants into the United States from certain countries despite being barred by U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent executive order.
The ban which only applied to Massachusetts is due to expire tomorrow.
Also on Friday in Virginia, a federal judge ordered the White House to provide a list of all people stopped from entering the United States by the travel ban.
On the other hand, Trump administration has decided to file appeal against the verdict.
In an official stance, White House announced filing an appeal to defend Trump’s executive order.
President Trump himself reaffirmed his intention regarding travel ban in a veiled reference on Twitter.
We must keep "evil" out of our country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
Executing his promises, he made during the electoral campaign, Trump signed an executive order last week putting a ban on entry of Muslims from seven countries and suspending the entire US refugee resettlement program.
Initially, the US refugee resettlement program had been suspended for 120 days so that the new Trump administration can establish new vetting rules, probably more strict for visa applicants.
But now after the resistance by Seattle judge, it would be hard for tycoon turned president to execute his policies termed racist by political observers.