A U.S. Federal judge on Friday imposed a nationwide hold on President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, siding with two states that had challenged the executive order that has launched legal battles across the country, several news outlets reported.
The order by federal Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee who presides in Washington state, is a significant setback for Trump’s controversial travel ban and created another round of chaos nationwide over the policy’s legality. Friday evening, Customs and Border Protection alerted airlines it would begin reinstating visas quickly.
According to CNN, Judge Robart ruled that Washington state and Minnesota had standing to challenge Trump’s order, which government lawyers disputed, and said they showed their case was likely to succeed. About 60,000 people from the affected countries had their visas cancelled.
The White House on Friday night said the Justice Department will challenge a judge’s nationwide halt of President Donald Trump’s immigration order.
This suit was brought by the states of Washington and Minnesota against the travel ban enacted by Trump’s executive order.
The ban bars citizens of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia from entering the nation for 90 days. Since Trump’s executive order, hundreds have been stranded and hundreds of thousands of green-card holders have found they cannot return home thanks to overly zealous enforcement by the Department of Homeland Security.
The sweeping ruling from the Seattle judge came just hours after a different ruling from a federal judge in Boston, who declined to renew a temporary restraining order in Massachusetts.
A Customs and Border Protection spokesman told reporters the agency will comply with all court orders. The State Department is working with the Department of Homeland Security to determine the effect of the stay, a State Department official said.
Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, immediately hailed Robart’s order.
“This ruling is a victory for the Constitution and for all of us who believe this un-American executive order will not make us safer,” Schumer said in a statement. “President Trump should heed this ruling and he ought to back off and repeal the executive order once and for all.”