Last night a federal judge in Washington state temporarily overturned President Trump’s travel ban of seven Muslim-majority countries.
This means Trump’s order is now “suspended” until there is a hearing to discuss this further.
People with valid travel visas from the seven banned countries are now able to come back to the U.S.
How did this happen? Washington state, joined by the state of Minnesota, sued President Trump and his administration re: the travel ban on January 30, saying the states were harmed.
WA and MN said the ban has hurt students and faculty at universities by stranding them in the some of the seven countries. Businesses in the states (including Amazon and Expedia) were also harmed by the ban — (probably due to employees from the countries / travel reservations).
They said citizens in WA/MN were harmed because they lost their freedom to travel and hurt their family relations. The states’ businesses operations, public funds, and tax bases were also harmed by the ban.
U.S. District Judge James Robart (appointed in 2004 by George W Bush) ordered a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) against Trump’s executive order.
The judge agreed with all of the arguments to issue the TRO and said the role of the judiciary branch of government is to make sure that the actions of the executive (president) and the legislative follow the country’s laws and Constitution. So — the judge is “saying” the travel ban is unlawful and unconstitutional.
But there will be an appeal from the Trump administration’s Department of Justice — and this will be a federal court battle that could go all the way up to the Supreme Court. But for now, the travel ban is lifted.
The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department said they would accept travelers according to "pre-ban" rules and that visas from the seven countries -- that were previously revoked -- would be reinstated.
Many international airlines have already started to accept travelers from Yemen, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Iraq to come to the U.S. if they have valid visas, but have warned that the situation could change at any time.
Naturally, President Trump is not happy with it. He tweeted about the judge here:
[Tweet: The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!]
He also tweeted this before:
[Tweet: Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban. They know if certain people are allowed in it's death & destruction!]
So, that’s the latest now. Wow, many changes to the travel ban ever since it was signed last Friday.
Read the ruling: http://www.usatoday.com/.../read-washington.../97484850/