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Federal Judge blocks Donald Trump’s travel ban

February 4, 2017

  Last night a Federal Judge who also happens to be a Bush appointee,  James Robart, issued a temporary restraining order and called for an immediate halt to Donald Trump’s executive travel ban.

  Here is more:

A federal judge in Seattle placed a nationwide temporary restraining order on President Trump’s travel ban after the executive order was challenged by the Washington state attorney general.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the challenge to the executive order, signed last Friday, on Monday, making Washington the first state to take the order to court. Ferguson charged that the executive order blocking refugees and temporarily stopping entrance into the United States from seven Muslim-majority nations violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, due process in the Fifth Amendment, and the the federal Immigration and Nationality Act.

U.S. District Court Senior Judge James L. Robart, a George W. Bush appointee, found that Washington state met certain standards of their case — including a likelihood that their lawsuit could succeed — to temporarily block the order.

Robart ordered federal officials to stop enforcing the 90-block on visitors from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen. He also ordered a halt to the suspension of the refugee admissions program, along with the section of the executive order giving religious minorities preference in the refugee process and a section of the order stating “the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States” and freezing admissions indefinitely. The ruling also suspends a provision that gives the secretaries of State and Homeland Security case-by-case discretion to rule on individual refugees while the ban is in place.

The temporary restraining order “is granted on a nationwide basis,” Robart wrote, and prohibits enforcement of those executive order provisions “at all United States borders and ports of entry pending further orders from this court.” The parties will be back in court on Monday

  Needless to say the Trump administration is going to appeal the decision:

“At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the president, which we believe is lawful and appropriate. The president’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a late-night statement.

Ten minutes after the original statement, the administration sent out an “updated” version omitting the word “outrageous.”

“As the law states, ‘Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate,'” Spicer added.

  This was not a ruling on the Constitutionality of the order itself but a temporary halt while the lawsuit proceeds and it will be interesting to see how this plays out in the courts. Presidents have had this power in the past and in fact Barack Obama used it without opposition on Iraq and nobody seems to be standing up for the Cuban refugees, but something is different this time around…

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. lou222 permalink
    February 4, 2017 12:52 pm

    I want to say CONGRATULATIONS to you, Steve for your 3,000 followers to this blog….it has taken awhile to build up steam, but I know that people see the solid facts you put out and appreciate an honest blog!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 4, 2017 7:42 pm

      Thank you, I didn’t even realize I made it to 3,000! I looked the other day and I still needed 20 more. A bunch of people started following me on Twitter this week, I wonder if that is included in the total but I don’t think it is.


      • lou222 permalink
        February 5, 2017 10:20 am

        Whatever the reason, it is a good thing…this means that more people are paying attention to the blogs….


  2. lou222 permalink
    February 4, 2017 12:57 pm

    The left will stop at nothing to take Trump out of office OR neuter him the best they can. Just because the Judge was a Bush judge, doesn’t seem to make much different when the money starts showing up or there are threats…I still think that Chief Justice John Roberts was threatened, but what do I know!! What I do know is that Trump is going to fight this, if it was Obama and all the EO’s he issued, there was no sound at all…but Trump, HE is bad for the country.
    The more people that are calling for assassination, now, etc., I want to know how are they getting away with it? Just seems like they can say and do whatever they want….

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 4, 2017 3:16 pm

      Hey Lou, good to see you back!
      Yep, the viciousness of these who want to keep their fiendish power and control have got to Go! When people don’t abide by upholding true Justice, rather rewrite it’s definition to fit their perversion, force is needed and applied – because they won’t go any other way. Their corrupt and vile nature will not abide by common law. So, like a virus attacking the body, antibiotics are needed!

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      • lou222 permalink
        February 4, 2017 3:47 pm

        The media has become a major problem, Zip! Thanks, I have been pretty preoccupied!
        There are no rules in the lefts handbook, but let the right get out of line and we get hit with the book. Obama could do and say anything, that was fine, Trump has a different set of rules, it seems.

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      • lou222 permalink
        February 4, 2017 3:51 pm

        I also wanted to say, before I hit post….the left is now coming out and saying what they really mean….they are slipping into a comfortable position that everyone is on their side and they are not having to cover up their true feelings. I am hoping it comes back and bites them in the butt, dropping their guard might have been one of their biggest mistakes yet.

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      • February 4, 2017 7:46 pm

        I think people are finally catching on to the MSM and they have become so unhinged that they are not even pretending to be credible any more. The same can be said for the Democrats, you are right Lou, they are showing their true colors and they are going to such an extreme that I think it is going to take them down if they don’t reign it in. I hope they don’t because I am enjoying watching it play out.

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      • lou222 permalink
        February 5, 2017 10:19 am

        They are doing alot of damage to their party, but it seems they think that they will weather it. I am also enjoying it.

        Liked by 1 person

    • February 4, 2017 5:46 pm

      For the Good Life

      Liked by 2 people

    • February 4, 2017 7:44 pm

      The rumor about Roberts is that he illegally trafficked children out of Ireland so he could adopt them, apparently Irish law require Irish parents to adopt or something like that. I don’t know if that is what it was but I have no doubt they had something on him.

      Liked by 1 person

      • lou222 permalink
        February 5, 2017 10:21 am

        He switched what he was going to vote and say so quickly, I think so too.

        Liked by 1 person

      • February 5, 2017 12:11 pm

        He’s part of that swamp problem. He needs to be ‘motivated’ to resign or get on the right way of thinking! = American Way!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. February 4, 2017 3:11 pm

    Friends of Foe in Gov. Agencies esp. Judicial – who are working for our enemy!

    Liked by 1 person

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