The US Department of Homeland Security said on Sunday it will not obey president Donald Trump’s executive order and instead will comply with a Federal Judge’s ruling not to deport detained travelers affected by Trump’s seismic move to ban more than 130 million people from entering the United States.
A federal judge in New York blocked the order Saturday night for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries who have already arrived in the US and those who are in transit, and who hold valid visas, ruling they cannot be removed from the US.
To make the ruling even more devastating for Trump, the Department of Homeland Security declared it “will comply with the judicial orders,” and ignore the president’s executive order, CNN reported.
Similar legal rulings were made in Virginia and Washington State. In Massachusetts, however, two judges went further, saying the government should notify travelers who would have been affected by the executive order that for the next seven days they are free to travel to Boston.
“Customs and Border Protection shall notify airlines that have flights arriving at Logan Airport of this Order and the fact that individuals on these flights will not be detained or returned based solely on the basis of the Executive Order,” Judges Allison Burroughs and Judith Dein wrote.
Trump said the government was “totally prepared” for the ban. “It’s working out very nicely,” Trump told reporters Saturday. “You see it at the airports. You see it all over.” However, there was widespread confusion across the country as authorities at airports struggled to adjust to the new directives.
On Saturday evening, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argued in a federal court in New York for a nationwide stay that would block the deportation of all people stranded in US airports under what the group called “President Trump’s new Muslim ban.”
ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero praised the ruling, saying “our courts today worked as they should as bulwarks against government abuse or unconstitutional policies and orders. On week one, Donald Trump suffered his first loss in court.”
The countries impacted are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia, according to a White House official. Notably, Trump’s Muslim Ban does not include countries he has business ties with, revealing a serious conflict of interest.