A Seattle federal judge, Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee, on Friday issued a ruling that blocks President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees temporarily, a decision that applies nationwide to a large number of people holding visas to travel to the U.S.
The order had caused some
citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to be denied entry into the US.
Some lawyers filed suits for specific individuals but Judge James Robart specifically made his ruling apply across the country. The case was based on claims that the state had suffered harm from the travel ban, for example students and faculty at state-funded universities being stranded overseas.
Just hours after the ruling, U.S. Customs and Border Protection told airlines they could board travellers who had been affected by the immigration ban.
In a statement, The White House said it would file an appeal as soon as possible, calling it an outrageous order.
“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 White House said.
“The president’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people.”