White House: DOJ plans to defend Trump's immigration ban

US District Judge James Robart on Friday temporarily blocked Trump's order that banned most travel to the US from seven majority-Muslim nations.

"The decision in Washington reaffirms that the courts will stand up to the president", said Lee Gelernt, the lawyer who successfully argued for a restraining order against Trump's ban in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y.

On Friday night, US Customs and Border Protection held a call with airlines instructing them that things should basically go back to how they were before the executive order was signed.

Trump's order denied entry to the US for 90 days to nationals from seven majority-Muslim countries and called for a 120-day ban on admitting refugees and an indefinite halt on admitting refugees from Syria.

The panel that will decide whether to immediately block the ruling includes three judges appointed by former Republican president George W. Bush and two former Democratic presidents, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.

And this is what American Democracy looks like: A federal judge upholding the rule of law, the executive branch finally obeying the rule of law, and this country embracing its stated ideals by welcoming in immigrants rather than discriminating against them based on their religion.

Earlier Saturday, the government officially suspended enforcement of the ban in compliance with the judge's order, which plunged the new administration into a crisis that has challenged both Mr Trump's authority and his ability to fulfill campaign promises.

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"Washington has a profound interest in protecting its residents from the harms caused by the irrational discrimination embodied in the order", Ferguson said in a brief.

"What the judge announced today is nationwide-the president's executive order does not apply", Bob Ferguson, the attorney general from Washington state, said.

The State Department said on Friday that fewer than 60,000 visas previously issued to citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen had been invalidated as a result of the order.

"Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban", the president continued.

That's a violation of the U.S. Constitution, the complaint said.

In court, Washington Solicitor General Noah Purcell said the focus of the state's legal challenge was the way the President's order targeted Islam.

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