US District Judge James Robart, a Seattle federal judge and George W. Bush appointee, took a stand against Donald Trump and was able to grant a nationwide temporary restraining order on the immigration ban Friday night.
Robart’s order was followed by airlines being alerted that the US government would reinstate visas that were previously canceled. Thanks to the order, the State Department announced on Saturday that it would reinstate around 60,000 visas, and Homeland Security said that it will not direct airlines to keep visa-holders from boarding US-bound planes.
“In our country, no one is above the law and that includes the president,” Bob Ferguson, Washington state’s attorney general, told CNN on Friday night.
The president didn’t take the news very well and went on a Twitter rampage.
“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Trump tweeted.
Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, spoke about the recent ruling and issued a statement saying the White House intended to challenge the ruling.
“At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate,” Spicer said.
“When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot, come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &. security – big trouble!” Trump tweeted.