A federal judge ruled Saturday to prevent the deportation of some arrivals from foreign countries, following the signing of an executive order by Donald Trump Friday afternoon, banning immigrants and refugees from 7 Muslim majority nations. The ruling did go as far as ruling against the constitutionality of the executive order. The order had already caused chaos around the world as travelers were detained in airports, including green-card holders returning from traveling abroad.
The order was signed at 4:42 p.m. on Friday, and prevented the entry of all refugees to the US for 120 days, and Syrian refugees indefinitely. It also enacted a 90 day ban on entry by citizens from 7, largely Muslim, nations – including Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya. Within a day, the Trump administration was accused in US District Court of overstepping constitutional and legal constraints with the order, by two Iraqi immigrants represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ruling affected roughly 100 to 200 people who were immediately detained when they arrived at American airports after the order was put in place.
The Federal District Court judge, Obama appointee Ann Donnelly, ruled that enforcing the order on those who had already arrived in the US would cause them “irreparable harm,” and that the Trump administration was “enjoined and restrained from, in any manner and by any means, removing individuals” in cases where they had already arrived in the country with valid visas or refugee status. It does not go as far as to allow individuals to enter the country who not already arrived.
Soon after Donnelly made her ruling, judge Leonie M. Brinkema issued a restraining order blocking deportation individuals with green cards detained at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
As new of chaos at airports spread, Trump defended the implantation of the ban, saying “It’s not a Muslim ban, but we were totally prepared. It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over.”
However, during the first day the ban was in effect, foreign students were stopped at airports, green-card holding permanent residents were detained, and implementation of the new rules was said to be uneven around the country. The order was roundly condemned by the religious community, human rights groups, academics, Democrats, business leaders.
According to the Department of Homeland Security as of Saturday night, 109 people were denied entry in the US who were already in transit when the order was signed. 173 people had been prevented from boarding their planes to the US. 81 of the people who were stopped were eventually given waivers to enter the country.