A federal judge has put a nationwide block on US President Donald Trump’s week-old executive order temporarily barring refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
The temporary restraining order issued by US District Judge James Robert in Seattle on Friday will remain valid nationwide pending a full review of a complaint by Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson.
“The constitution prevailed today,” Ferguson said, describing the judge’s decision as historic.”No one is above the law – not even the president
“Not everybody may like this decision – I’m certain the president will not like this decision -but it is his job, it is his responsibility, it is his obligation as president to honor it and I’ll make sure he does.”
Friday’s ruling was not the first to challenge the travel ban, but it was the most sweeping as it effectively vacated the main tenets of the order.
Ferguson said the order technically means that anyone with a valid visa must be allowed entry
into the country by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The White House said it would file an appeal as soon as possible.The Ruling is seen as the most severe legal blow yet to ban on immigrants and travelers from seven Muslim-majority
US Federal Judge Blocks Donald Trump’s Travel Ban