Rick Anderson and Jaweed Kaleem
Feb. 3, 2017, 4:35 p.m.
A federal judge in Seattle has temporarily blocked President Trump’s order to halt immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
U.S. District Judge James Robart issued a temporary restraining order against the president’s immigration restrictions on Friday, and signaled that the order applies to cases across the country.
The suit was filed by the state of Washington and joined by Minnesota. The judge in his ruling did not address the state’s claim that the immigration ban is unconstitutional.
The court order said enforcement of the executive order signed by President Trump last week must be suspended until the judge can make a final decision.
The judge declined a request from a Department of Justice attorney to stay the order, but it’s expected that the administration will appeal the decision.
“The Constitution prevailed today,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement. “No one is above the law — not even the President.”
“This decision shuts down the executive order immediately, shuts it down. That relief is immediate, happens right now. That’s the bottom line,” he said.
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