The Trump administration’s immigration order has hit another setback: an appeals court denied the Department of Justice’s request to restore the ban that barred citizens from seven majority Muslim countries and temporarily blocked refugees, the New York Times reports.
Judge James Robart ordered a nationwide halt late Friday on the executive order that Trump signed last week, forcing the Department of Homeland Security to suspend all actions to implement it.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Justice Department’s request for an immediate stay of the judge’s ruling had been denied, asking both sides to file legal briefs before the court makes its final decision. The Justice Department filed an appeal just after midnight Sunday.
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Reacting to Judge Robart’s ban yesterday, Trump sent a series of tweets saying the judge had opened “up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart.”
The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart. Bad people are very happy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2017
Hundreds of anti-Trump protesters marched on the president’s private Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on Saturday. Trump and his wife Melania were there to attend the annual Red Cross Ball.
“We’ll win,” he addressed the press outside the event. “For the safety of the country, we’ll win.”