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Federal Judge Blocks Trump Immigration Order, Suspending Deportations

A federal judge in Brooklyn blocked part of an executive order that President Donald Trump signed Friday barring visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries.
January 29, 2017, 4:16pm

A federal judge in Brooklyn blocked part of an executive order that President Donald Trump signed Friday barring visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries. The emergency stay, issued Saturday night, temporarily prevents people arriving at U.S. airports with valid visas from being deported.

The ruling, issued by Judge Ann Donnelly of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, temporarily stalls President Trump's plan to block visitors—including visa and green card holders—from Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan and Libya for 90 days. The order also suspended the refugee resettlement program for four months.

But on Saturday, Judge Donnelly halted the deportations ruling "there will be substantial and irreparable harm to refugees, visa-holders, and other individuals from nations subject to the January 27, 2017 Executive Order."

When Judge Donnelly granted the stay, the courtroom erupted in cheers but she immediately shouted "No! No!" and the room returned to silence.

The American Civil Liberties Union estimated that the stay will temporarily spare 100 to 200 people from deportation. After the ruling, ACLU asked if their clients would be put in detention until their status was resolved. U.S. Attorneys seemed not to know. Judge Donnelly said, "If someone is not released, I guess I'll just hear from you."

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