Travel Ban Not in Effect: WA Federal Judge

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Update: We have learned that the Airlines have been given the green light to ignore the ban. Operations are back to the pre-Executive Order with people boarding. Also, while we have not received the statement from the White House, per CNN, the statement no longer calls this TRO outrageous.

Feb 3, 2017 (WASHINGTON STATE) “The Federal Travel Order does not apply,” Washington State Bob Ferguson. The order has stopped the enforcement of the executive order across the country. This is a blow to the travel ban. The case was brought into court on behalf of the state of Washington and Minnesota.

Reuters reports this as follows:

The challenge was brought by the state of Washington and later joined by the state of Minnesota. The Seattle judge ruled that the states have legal standing to sue, which could help Democratic attorneys general take on Trump in court on issues beyond immigration. “It’s a wonderful day for the rule of law in this country,” said Washington state solicitor general Noah Purcell.

 

This means that if immigration officers follow the law, things go to the old set of rules. This is also going to get even more confusion into the situation. This will go next to the Ninth Circuit since this will surely be appealed by the White House.

Judge James Robart was appointed by President George W Bush. So far two different judges appointed by a Democrat and a Republican have found the order to be faulty.

At the moment, things are not clear. It could lead to a crisis if different airport authorities decide not to obey the order.

Customs and Border Protection will comply with the order, however, according to CNN. They are citing an earlier statement from the agency. This is part of the statement:

WASHINGTON – Upon issuance of the court orders yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) immediately began taking steps to comply with the orders. Concurrently, the Department of Homeland Security continues to work with our partners in the Departments of Justice and State to implement President Trump’s executive order on protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.

 

This is a developing story.

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