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US: Judge halts Trump's immigration ban nationwide

  • A federal judge in Seattle has imposed a nationwide block on the recent executive order by US President Donald Trump to temporarily bar the refugees and tourists from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

    In wake of these orders, US District Judge James Robart has issued the temporary restraining order on Friday that will remain valid nationwide.

    Bob Ferguson, the attorney general of the state said, that no one is above the law, not even the president. He also described the decision as historic.

    Though not the first to challenge vetting, but this ruling was the most sweeping as it effectively vacated the main tenets of the order.

    Ferguson asserted that the order entitles anyone with a valid visa to be allowed into the United States by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

    The state department is working with the Department of Homeland Security over the impact of Friday's ruling on its operations, and will make the changes public (if any) that are likely to affect travellers.

    The White House said to file an appeal as early as possible.

    Backing the president vetting, White House said that the president's order intends to safeguard the homeland and it is his constitutional authority as well as responsibility to protect the people of America.