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In severe legal blow, judge blocks Donald Trump travel ban

06 February 2017

Earlier Friday night Trump was asked about an appeal at a gala in Florida Saturday night, and the president said: "We'll win".

Washington's state attorney general had a warning for President Donald Trump after a federal judge put a temporary nationwide hold on Trump's immigration order.

That was footage-also given to Slate by Goldberg-of USA citizens telling stories of being kicked off of US soil as they attempted to get USA officials to abide by a court order and return the visas of these Americans' loved ones.

The Justice Department will try to reinstate the ban by arguing that Mr Trump had the authority to impose it in the first place.

Now the appeal court's denial of an immediate stay means the legal battles will continue for days at least.

Robart's decisions went against government lawyers who argued that individual states did not have the right to challenge the directive.

Although it is unclear what form of relief the Justice Department will seek, the White House said Friday that it wants an "emergency stay" of Robart's order.

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Margo Schlanger, a University of MA law professor and former civil rights official in the Obama's administration's Dept. of Homeland Security, also emphasized that the Seattle judge's order blocking the ban remains in place.

That stand-down marked an extraordinary setback for the White House.

President Donald Trump signed the executive order on January 27 that banned the entry of all citizens from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) with a majority population of Muslims for 90 days, suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days, and stopped all refugees from war-torn Syria indefinitely.

Judge Robart issued the full text of his ruling on Friday afternoon, after issuing his decision in court at the conclusion of a hearing this afternoon.

"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 wrote soon after.

The clash between the president and the judiciary intensified over the weekend, with Mr Trump warning that "many very bad and unsafe people may be pouring into our country" as a result of the ruling.

Adding: "The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart".

In severe legal blow, judge blocks Donald Trump travel ban