U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle granted a temporary restraining order Friday that Washington state and Minnesota requested.
It halts Trump’s executive order banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program.
Washington state’s attorney general says a federal court ruling temporarily blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban shows nobody is above the law.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said after the ruling that “the law is a powerful thing — it has the ability to hold everybody accountable to it, and that includes the president of the United States.”
Ferguson said people from the affected countries can now apply for entry to the United States.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had no immediate comment on the ruling.
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Here’s the text of the Temporary Restraining Order in Seattle:
Statement by White House Press Secretary
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. The president’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people.
As the law states, “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”