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Judge blocks Trump’s travel ban

02/04/2017

After a week of chaos regarding the immediate implementation of Trump’s travel ban, Federal Judge James Robart upheld the temporary stay preventing its implementation. The travel ban is not in place at this time.

Trump’s travel ban went into effect immediately upon his signature.  The White House staff did not give adequate warning to TSA or other agencies as to how to implement the ban.  No training or instruction was given in advance, resulting in thousands of people being stranded at airports around the world with no idea if they would be allowed to travel to the United States or not.  Many of the detained travelers held valid green-cards, which should have allowed them to travel, but they too were detained.

Thousands of people across the United States went to airports to protest the day following Trump’s signature.  On January 29th, Federal Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts issued a temporary restraining order blocking parts of the executive order.  Yesterday, Federal US District Judge James Robart upheld the temporary restraining order, effectively killing Trump’s travel ban.  The White House quickly responded, calling the order “outrageous” and vowing to appeal.  “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,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.

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