Trump’s travel ban halted in court

The bonafide judge drawing the president’s ridicule is Federal District Court judge James Robart in Washington State, an appointee of President George W. Bush who was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. “At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the president, which we believe is lawful and appropriate”, the White House said in a statement.The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Sunday denied a formal request by the US Department of Justice to lift the ruling. Check Back for more.The latest turn of events triggered a new round of fights over the legitimacy of the ban, which has not only sparked mass protests across the United States, but has also created panic and drawn criticism around the globe.Trump says the motion will protect the people of the United States, while many feel it infringes upon basic American principles.Attorneys for those states have argued that the order discriminates against Muslims.”What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into USA?” he tweeted. “We’re hoping this order will be extended so that people can know that America remains a haven for people coming from around the world…and a place where freedom and justice for all and equal protection remain”. Qatar Airlines announced on its website that nationals and refugees of the seven affected countries seeking admission presenting a valid, unexpired USA visa or lawful permanent resident card will be permitted to travel to the U.S.In a flurry of tweets he posted: “What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into USA?”Judge Nathaniel Gorton seemed skeptical of the ACLU’s arguments, saying immigration law allows the President “broad powers”. In an interview with a Christian broadcaster, Trump said an exception would be made for Christian refugees from Syria. Washington state and Minnesota argued that the temporary ban and the global suspension of the US refugee program harmed residents and effectively mandated discrimination.Washington state secured a temporary restraining order on Friday that immediately halted implementation of President Trump’s executive immigration order nationwide – and Amazon, Expedia, and Microsoft “certainly helped the case”, according to Attorney General Bob Ferguson.