Federal judge blocks Trump immigration ban

Federal judge blocks Trump immigration banFederal Judge Judge Ann Donnelly in Brooklyn, N.Y. granted a request by the American Civil Liberties Union and issued a stay late Saturday on the deportations of refugees and valid visa holders after they have landed at a U.S. airport.

A federal judge has blocked President Trump’s executive order executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries with ties to terrorism from entering the U.S.

Judge Ann M. Donnelly of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama, ruled Saturday, that implementing Pres. Trump’s order by sending the travelers home could cause them “irreparable harm.”

The ruling, a temporary emergency stay, does not totally negate President Trump’s order, but does allows those who landed in the US and hold a valid visa to remain in the country.

Prompting the court to act, the ACLU sued the government on behalf of two Iraqi men who were detained at JFK airport Saturday following Trump’s ban. Both men, Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshaw have been subsequently released, it has not been reported if the two men have had any ties to terrorism in the past.

The court order prevents the government from sending immigrants back to their home countries, but it is unclear if they will have to remain in detention until a substantive ruling on the constitutionality of the ban is delivered. “If someone is not being released, I guess I’ll just hear from you,” Judge Ann Donnelly told the plaintiff’s lawyers.

At press time President Donald Trump did not make a statement on the ruling by the federal court.

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