Throwing lives into chaos once again, The Border Protection Agency is reversing the week’s earlier cancellation of 60,000 US entry visas because yesterday District Judge James Robart (Seattle, Washington State) issued a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) blocking President Trump’s Executive Order in which POTUS (President Of The US) banned travel from Syria and 6 other Muslim countries.
Unlike the earlier court orders that stopped local implementation of this ban and both holding valid visa holders in detention or deporting them, this TRO applies nationwide. However, this TRO doesn’t apply to the core of #president Trump's ban - blocking the issuance of new visas.
Instead, it only blocks the detention and deportation of those people holding valid visas, leaving all those overseas with concerns about what would happen if they attempt to enter the US and whether this Judge’s ruling can be reversed by another judge tomorrow..
Trump disrespects Federal Judge
Although Trump now denies it is a ban, let alone a #Muslim ban, POTUS and VPOTUS and the WH Press Secretary all called it a ban so many in the media continue to call it a ban for short. But one Trump-speak term probably won’t be copied and that is where he referred to a Bush-appointed Federal District Judge as a “so-called judge.”
The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
Of course this isn't the first time Trump has made fun of and disrespected a sitting judge. During the campaign he said a US-born judge couldn't preside over a Trump University fraud case because his parents were Mexican.
DHS removes ban
The Department of Homeland Security has notified workers to comply with the Seattle judge’s order and cease enforcement efforts related to President Trump’s Executive Order banning immigration from 7 Muslim countries, including Syria.
Meanwhile, the US State Department has moved to reinstate any visas just voided two days ago as part of the ban on travelers from those 7 countries.
The Trump Department of Justice has announced that it will fight Judge Robart’s Temporary Restraining Order but hasn’t yet disclosed if it will be opposed on the grounds that it is a wrong decision, or on the grounds that the Federal District Court Judge doesn’t have the jurisdiction to make this ruling apply nationwide rather than just in his Northwest US district..
In his tweet attack on the ruling, President Trump said, “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”
You should know that over the previous 8 years the Republicans in Congress had repeatedly used courts to overturn or attempt to overturn, or stay (halt) President Obama’s Executive Orders, so saying this “essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country,” is a complete reversal of all those Republican policies and legal strategies of the Obama Administration, just as all of President Trump’s Executive Orders would seem to be in complete violation of his repeated complaints about President Obama’s use of Executive Orders.
The Court Order specifics
The Judge ruled that the states have shown President Trump's Executive Order adversely affects the state's residents in areas of employment, education, business, family relations, and freedom to travel and states themselves are harmed by injury to the operation of state universities, state operations, tax bases, and public funds - the last meaning the expense of incarcerating or departing people and dealing with the demonstrations.
Among other provisions, the ruling bans enforcement of Section 5(b) “proceeding with any action that prioritizes refugee claims of certain religious minorities.” #court rules on ban