The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department said Saturday they would stop enforcing key provisions of President Donald Trump’s travel ban after a federal judge temporarily blocked the executive order.
The State Department said it has reversed its revocation of approximately 60,000 visas for people from seven predominately Muslim countries. DHS said it “suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order.” Those actions include flagging travelers from the affected countries.
“We have reversed the provisional revocation of visas,” the State Department said in a statement. ”Those individuals with visas that were not physically canceled may now travel if the visa is otherwise valid.”
Trump’s executive order, issued last week, blocks Syrian refugees and individuals from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States. It also stops the U.S. refugee resettlement program for four months.
U.S. District Judge James Robart of Seattle, appointed by President George W. Bush, issued a temporary restraining order on Friday in a challenge to Trump’s order filed by Washington state and later by Minnesota. As a result, airlines began allowing people from the seven countries to board flights to the United States.
Trump criticized the ruling and questioned the legitimacy of Robart in a tweet Saturday morning, labeling him a “so-called judge.”
Trump deployed similar insults during the presidential campaign against Judge Gonzalo Curiel, an Indiana-born federal jurist overseeing lawsuits against Trump University. Trump, who has called Mexicans criminals, said Curiel had a conflict of interest because of his Mexican heritage.
Democrats on Saturday quickly slammed Trump for the personal attack on Robart.
The White House pledged to immediately appeal Robart’s order.
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