President Donald’s Trump’s so-called “Muslim Ban” has just been dealt a harsh blow by a federal judge. The executive order blocking immigration has been, at least temporarily, halted. Immigration is immediately set to resume as it was before Trump took office.
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News of the reversal came Friday evening. CNN reports that “Federal Judge James Robart, who presides in Washington state and was appointed by former President George W. Bush, orally granted the temporary restraining order. A written order was issued later in the evening, and Customs and Border Protection alerted airlines it would begin reinstating visas quickly.”
“The Constitution prevailed today,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a press conference. “No one is above the law — not even the president.”
“This ruling shuts down the (president’s) executive order immediately — shuts it down — so people can travel like they did before,” Ferguson said.
“The court concludes that the circumstances brought before it today are such that it must intervene to fulfill its constitutional role in our tripartite government,” Robart then wrote in his order.
The controversial ban in question is the one that suspended immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries for three months. It also halted the intake of refugees for four months, and kept out Syrian refugees indefinitely.
“This is exactly what we were looking for,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson gloated to CNN. “We have a bucket of Constitutional claims. It’s Keystone Cops, the way that thing (the order) was put together.”
This order was issued in response to a suit filed by the states of Minnesota and Washington.
“This ruling is a victory for the Constitution and for all of us who believe this un-American executive order will not make us safer,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote in a statement. “President Trump should heed this ruling and he ought to back off and repeal the executive order once and for all.”
It is unclear just how this will change travel restrictions for those holding visas that were revoked by this executive order. Others should be able to enter immediately. Airlines have reportedly begun updating their websites.