Update 8:38 am The Department of Homeland Security said today that it has suspended all actions pertaining to the president’s travel ban order. “DHS personnel will resume inspection of travelers in accordance with standard policy and procedure,” according to a DHS statement. The State Department said today it has resumed accepting the visas of people arriving from the seven countries named in Trump’s executive order.
Previous, 6:44 am President Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning to lash out at the “so-called judge” who issued a temporary restraining order scuttling his order to limit travel to the U.S. from seven countries with majority-Muslim populations. Trump accused the judge of taking “law enforcement away from our country”:
The “so-called” judge, to whom the Celebrity Apprentice-star-turned-POTUS refers, is Judge James Robart, who was appointed for life by President George W. Bush.
Judge Robart in Seattle issued a temporary, nationwide restraining order, effectively blocking the lightning-rod travel ban Trump put into effect on January 27 via executive order. The judge’s TRO ruling came at the conclusion of a hearing that pitted Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson against federal lawyers. Ferguson’s office filed an amended complaint to stop Trump’s order on Wednesday in U.S. District Court. The state of Minnesota had joined as a plaintiff in the action.