WH vows to fight ruling on travel ban
Washington (IANS): A federal judge in Washington State temporarily blocked President Trump-'s week-old immigration order from being enforced...
Washington (IANS): A federal judge in Washington State temporarily blocked President Trump's week-old immigration order from being enforced nationwide, reopening America's door to visa holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
At the same time, though, the White House said in a statement that the Justice Department would "at the earliest possible time" file for an emergency stay of the "outrageous" ruling from the judge. Minutes later, it issued a similar statement omitting the word "outrageous".
"The President's order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people," the White House said.
In his opinion, US District Judge James L. Robart in Seattle, wrote that "fundamental" to the court's work was "a vigilant recognition that it is but one of three equal branches of our federal government".
Robart, a judge appointed by George W. Bush, granted a request from lawyers for the state of Washington who had asked him to stop the government from acting on critical sections of Trump's order.
Justice and State department officials had revealed that about 60,000 - and possibly as many as 100,000 - visas already have been provisionally revoked as a result of Trump's order.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson hailed the case as "the first of its kind" and declared that it "shuts down the executive order immediately".
"What we're seeing here is the courts standing up to the unconstitutional ban that President Trump imposed," said Omar Jadwat, director of the Immigrants' Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).