Enforcement of President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting travel from seven middle eastern countries has been temporarily blocked by federal judges in four states.
On Saturday, a U.S. district judge in Brooklyn was the first to block enforcement of the executive order. Judges in Massachusetts, Washington, and Virginia followed New York’s lead.
None of the judges’ rulings have struck down the entire executive order.
Several state attorneys general in Democratic states are said to be considering their own cases.
The White House has been reserved in its communication on the enforcement of the executive order. A White House spokesperson said, “[It] is the right and duty of the president to do everything in his legal and constitutional power to protect the American people.”
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The spokesperson continued, “Saturday’s ruling does not undercut the president’s executive order. All stopped visas will remain stopped. All halted admissions will remain halted. All restricted travel will remain prohibited. The executive order is a vital action toward strengthening America’s borders and, therefore, sovereignty. The order remains in place.”
The Department of Homeland Security also issued a statement Sunday, saying it “will comply with judicial orders.”
The court rulings come after George Soros-backed lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other groups flooded airports around the country to defend immigrants stuck in limbo.
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