On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order “(p)rotecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.” Friday’s order suspends “visas and other immigrant benefits” to individuals from “countries of particular concern.” The order suspends, for 90 days, visas for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Earlier in the week, on January 25th, the President also signed two Executive Orders pertaining to immigration. The order regarding Border Security can be found here while the order enhancing Public Safety is located here.
On Saturday night, January 28th, New York’s federal district court judge for the Eastern District, Ann M. Donnelly, issued a stay. Since then, lawsuits have been filed in Alexandra, Boston, Los Angeles, and Seattle with stays being issued. Access to the documents filed in the six cases is available via the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse here.
The story continues to develop. On Monday, January 30th, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates refused to defend the order, questioning its legality. On Monday night, President Trump fired Yates for “refusing to enforce a legal order.”
Hat Tip: Joycelyn Kennedy
Update # 1 (2/3/2017)
Update #2 (2/4/2017)
Judge James L. Robart of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a temporary restraining order (TRO)on Friday, February 3rd, against President Trump’s January 27th Executive Order 13769.
On Saturday, February 4th, the Department of Homeland Security released a statement, saying “… [i]n 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.