Homeland Security announced Saturday that they will no longer be enforcing President Donald Trump’s travel ban. This suspension comes just hours after a Bush-appointed Virginia judge blocked the executive order signed on January 27, which prohibited immigrants from seven countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days and refugees for 120 days.
Despite Trump and his team’s denial that the order was a Muslim ban, it affected over 240 million people, predominantly Muslims.
In a statement issued, DHS Acting Press Secretary Gillian Christensen explained:
“In accordance with the Judge’s ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order entitled, ‘Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.’ This includes actions to suspend passenger system rules that flag travelers for operational action subject to the Executive Order.”
Homeland has also reportedly reinstated over 100,000 visas that were secretly revoked under Trump’s order. DHS will now resume their normal inspection of travelers and many are sighing in relief. In fact, this is the third victory for protesters and lawyers who vehemently marched and litigated against the ban, calling it not only unconstitutional but un-American. Major chaos had erupted after Trump issued the ban, with travelers held in handcuffs at airports across the country.
Virginia Judge Blocks Trump’s Travel Ban Nationwide
On Friday, Bush appointed U.S District Judge James Robart of Virginia, blocked Trump’s immigration ban from being implemented nationwide, after a Boston judge refused. This supersedes the temporary ban issued by Brooklyn Judge Ann Connelly last week. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson had this to say after the ruling. ” The law is a powerful thing. It has the ability to hold everyone accountable to it and that includes the president of the United States.”
It’s a victory for protesters/ travelers and a stunning defeat for Trump, which did not go down well with the new administration. The White House has since vowed to fight the suspension, with the president taking his customary route—tweeting personal insults on Twitter.
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