Federal Appeals Court: No Travel Ban for Now


Time: 8:20 p.m. CEST Update: February 5 1:39 p.m. CEST

A federal appeals court denied the U.S. government’s emergency request to resume President Donald Trump’s travel ban, CNN.com reports on February 5. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals requested for both sides to file legal briefs before the court makes its final decision after a judge at the Seattle Federal Court halted the program. The ruling by the U.S. District Court Judge James Robart suspending ban will remain in place, for now. Department of Justice filed an appeal after midnight Sunday.

After the Federal Judge James Robart who presides at the Seattle Federal Courthouse halted the enforcement of President Donald Trump’s order on Friday, the Department of Homeland Security announced it has suspended the immigration order and will resume the inspections of travelers as it was done before the executive order.

The constant changes, which happened after Trump signed last Friday the order, pushed the country into the second week of uncertainty over the ban, with institutions moving back and forward with protecting their opinions. After the federal judge’s decision, the White House said the Justice Department would petition the court’s decision.

Attorneys general of Washington state and Minnesota brought the case to the Seattle Federal Courthouse and Robart who ruled in a lawsuit said the states, “have met their burden of demonstrating that they face immediate and irreparable injury as a result of the signing and implementation of the Executive Order,” CNN reports.

The judge said, the order adversely affects residents in areas of education, employment, freedom of travel. A State Department official explained to CNN, the department reversed the cancellation of visas, as those visas are not stamped or marked as canceled. The State Department said that fewer than 60,000 visas were revoked after the signing of the order.

The order bars citizens of seven countries to enter the U.S. for 90 days, all refugees for 120 days, and indefinitely bans enter for Syria’s refugees. President Trump tweeted that, “the opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”

The affected countries are Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection advised the airlines that the refugees in possession of U.S. visas would be admitted, as an airline executive said to CNN. The U.S. airlines have an automated system, connected to the Customs and Border Protection databases and prior to the boarding they can check the passengers status.

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