US District Judge James Robart has, for now, blocked Donald Trump’s executive order to ban entry into the United States from seven countries.
President Trump’s order to block immigration for 90 days from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen whilst also calling a halt to the admission of Syrian refugees for an indeterminate amount of time had led to significant protests across America.
Judge Robarts’ ruling came after a hearing involving Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and federal judges over the executive order from January 27th.
“The constitution prevailed today” Attorney Ferguson said after the verdict, “No one is above the law – not even the president”.
“I want to be very clear, what the judge announced today was nationwide the president’s executive order does not apply”.
Soon after the ruling was announced, government officials apparently instructed airlines to begin to allow passengers previously unable to travel to fly. Late on Friday night, though, the White House released a statement announcing that the Department of Justice would file an emergency halt of Judge Robarts’ order, calling it “outrageous” in an initial statement, before issuing a revised version, leaving out the word.
The initial statement from White House press secretary Sean Spicer said:
“At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the president, which we believe is lawful and appropriate. The President’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people.”
“As the law states ‘Whenever the president finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such a period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.’”
This comes after states including New York and Virginia undertook legal action against the President, with the state of Minnesota joining the state of Washington’s lawsuit, which is backed by several major companies.
Federal Judge James Robart was appointed by former president George W. Bush in 2003.
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