Trump's travel ban temporarily blocked nationwide by federal judge in Seattle
District judge granted temporary restraining order effective in all US states, the broadest ruling to date against the president’s immigration directive
A federal judge in Seattle has temporarily blocked Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
US district judge James Robart granted a temporary restraining order Friday at the request of Washington state and Minnesota that’s effective nationwide.
Trump signed an executive order last week that sparked protests across the country and confusion at airports as some travelers were detained. The ruling is the broadest to date against Trump’s directive.
Lawyers for the US government argued that the states do not have standing to challenge the order and said Congress gave the president authority to make decisions on national security and admitting immigrants.
Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson had sued, saying the order is causing significant harm to residents and effectively mandates discrimination. Minnesota joined the suit this week. Washington and Minnesota want a temporary restraining order while the court considers their lawsuit, which says key sections of the order are unconstitutional.
Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson says the state has a “profound interest” in protecting its citizens from the harms caused by what he called “the irrational discrimination” embodied in Trump’s order.