Published on : Saturday, February 4, 2017
A federal judge in Seattle ordered a temporary halt on Donald Trump’s travel ban for refugees and people from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Following the order, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told US airlines that they could board travellers who had been barred. Visas reportedly being reinstated following talks between airlines and US Customs and Border Protection. Under the report, 100,000 visas have been revoked under travel ban.
District judge James Robart granted a temporary restraining order on Friday after hearing arguments from Washington State and Minnesota that the president’s order had unlawfully discriminated against Muslims and caused unreasonable harm. The judge’s order represents a major challenge to the Trump administration, which is expected to immediately appeal.
The decision came on a day that attorneys from four states were in courts challenging Trump’s executive order. Trump’s administration justified the action on national security grounds, but opponents labelled it an unconstitutional order targeting people based on religious beliefs.
The duty manager at San Francisco’s international airport said that they had received no instructions from the government so far. They are waiting for the morphed laws. Washington state’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, hailed the decision as an important victory against the White House.
Trump’s order has caused “immediate and irreparable injury. “The executive order adversely affects the states’ residents in areas of employments, education, business, family relations and freedom to travel.”
The White House released a statement saying that it would seek an emergency stay and Judge Robart had denied an earlier request for a stay by a justice department attorney.
Following the past week’s order on travel ban from Trump, airports got into chaos over whether to detain or deport travellers. Federal judges in Brooklyn, Boston and other cities ordered the government to temporarily halt deportations of valid visa holders. Last Saturday, many other courts are expected to rule on whether the order is constitutional later this month.
Ferguson conceded that Congress had given the president broad powers to make national security and immigration decisions, but maintained that the order was unconstitutional discrimination.