State Department Reverses Visa Revocations After Judge's Ruling on Travel Ban

The White House argues that the ban is aimed at making the country safer. People with valid visas rushed to book.

Trump's January 27 executive order barred citizens Syria, Sudan, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Libya from travel to the United States for 90 days and suspended the USA refugee programs for 120 days - and indefinitely for Syrians.

In a seven-page ruling, Judge Robart wrote that he was granting a restraining order against the government in part because the plaintiffs, which included the State of Washington, were likely to win on their constitutional claims. It was his state that filed the suit.

"We have confirmed that 18 people have landed in Boston", said Paradis. "We are a nation of laws, not even the president can violate the Constitution". The Department of Homeland Security has resumed standard inspection procedures.

The appeal over Executive Order 13769 now goes to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which hears federal appeals from a wide swath of the Western states, as well as Alaska and Hawaii.

The lawsuit says Trump campaigned on a promise to ban Muslims from coming to the US and kept up that rhetoric while defending the travel ban. Court challenges have been filed nationwide from states and advocacy groups.

The order caused chaos at USA airports last weekend, with some travellers overseas turned back from flights into the United States and crowds of hundreds of people packing into arrival areas to protest the policies.

A federal court judge in Seattle has ordered a temporary halt to the President Donald Trump's immigration ban - nationwide.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued this statement Friday night.

The Justice Department said that Robart overreached by "second-guessing" the president on a national security matter.

Inslee said that means that non-Muslims will be given highly sought after refugee spots ahead of Muslims, which essentially amounts to a "religious test".

Taking to social media on Saturday Mr Trump mocked Judge Robart, appointed by President George W. Bush, as a "so-called judge" whose "ridiculous" ruling would be overturned. Bennett said she didn't know.

Ruling Federal Judge James Robart is due to provide a full write-up this weekend, but already political figures have hailed the verdict. "You're here arguing we have to protect from these individuals from these countries, and there's no support for that".

"The state has met its burden of demonstrating immediate and irreparable injury", he said. They had to revoke up to 60,000 visas due to the ban.

The State Department clarified that the higher figure includes diplomatic and other visas that were actually exempted from the travel ban, as well as expired visas.

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