Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban

Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban January 28, 2017

Victory: A federal judge has issued an emergency stay temporarily blocking part of Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban.

The New York Times reports Judge Ann M. Donnelly of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, issued an emergency stay Saturday night blocking Trump’s order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

In her ruling the judge said that implementing Trump’s order could cause “irreparable harm.”

The Hill reports

A federal judge in New York has issued an emergency stay temporarily halting the removal of individuals detained after President Trump issued an order to ban immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reports the nationwide temporary injunction will block the deportation of all people stranded in U.S. airports under President Trump’s new Muslim ban:

A federal judge tonight granted the American Civil Liberties Union’s request for a nationwide temporary injunction that will block the deportation of all people stranded in U.S. airports under President Trump’s new Muslim ban. The ACLU and other legal organizations filed a lawsuit on behalf of individuals who were subject to the ban.  The lead plaintiffs have been detained by the U.S. government and threatened with deportation even though they have valid visas to enter the United States.

Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project who argued the case, said:

“This ruling preserves the status quo and ensures that people who have been granted permission to be in this country are not illegally removed off U.S. soil.”

ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero, had this reaction to the ruling:

“Clearly the judge understood the possibility for irreparable harm to hundreds of immigrants and lawful visitors to this country. Our courts today worked as they should as bulwarks against government abuse or unconstitutional policies and orders. On week one, Donald Trump suffered his first loss in court.”

To be clear, only part of President Trump’s executive order on immigration has been blocked, and that block is only temporary. However, it does mean that refugees and others trapped at airports across the United States will not be sent back to their home countries against their will. 

Bottom line: This is not over. The block is only temporary. The resistance continues.

(H/T ACLU)

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