DOJ Files Emergency Appeal After DHS Suspends Enforcement of Executive Order


Contributed by Jill Cueni-Cohen

The Department of Homeland Security Saturday announced that travel would resume between the US and those countries that had been identified as sponsoring terrorism in the president’s Executive Order after a judge’s ruling on Friday.

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Saturday evening, the Department of Justice filed an emergency appeal to REVERSE the federal judge’s order against President Trump’s executive order on immigration. 

Airlines began boarding passengers Saturday who were previously detained by President Trump’s Executive Order from traveling to Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Yemen.

According to Qatar Airways’ website, airlines that travel to those countries are being directed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to permit nationals of the seven affected countries and “all refugees seeking admission presenting a valid, unexpired U.S. visa or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) card (Green Card)” to travel to the United States, where they will be processed accordingly upon arrival.

On Friday, a Seattle-based federal judge granted a nationwide temporary restraining order on the President’s travel ban, and on Saturday, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) put out a statement by acting press secretary Gillian Christensen. “DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order entitled, ‘Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,'” she said, adding, “This includes actions to suspend passenger system rules that flag travelers for operational action subject to the Executive Order.” Routine inspection of travelers will continue in accordance with standard policy and procedure.

The Department of Justice intends to fight the order. According to a statement released by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the DOJ will “file an emergency stay of this order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate. The president’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people.”

Judge James Robart ruled on Friday that states have legal standing to sue the administration. President Trump displayed his reaction on Twitter Saturday morning, tweeting, “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”

Saturday afternoon, the President pounded away on Twitter once again.

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