Federal Judge In L.A. Issues Restraining Order Against Trump Travel Ban

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February 1, 2017 5:36 p.m.
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A federal judge in Los Angeles issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday night against the enforcement of President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order.

Judge André Birotte Jr. ruled that Trump’s immigration order posed a likelihood of “irreparable harm” against 28 plaintiffs, including both U.S. citizens and their relatives who had received visas to immigrate to the country, the Sacramento Bee noted. The order allows dozens of Yemeni travelers stuck in Djibouti to travel to the United States.

In his ruling, Birotte extended the restraining order to protect “any other person from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen with a valid immigrant visa” from U.S. officials tasked with enforcing Trump’s order.

The executive order, which Trump signed Friday, temporarily suspended America’s refugee program—and indefinitely suspended it for Syrian refugees—while also temporarily barring immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Birotte’s order echoes similar rulings issued over the weekend by federal judges in New York, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced Wednesday that Trump’s immigration order had been changed to exclude green card holders—a narrower category than those with immigrant visas.

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