Judge James Robart, of Seattle, was made a federal judge in 2003 by then-President George W. Bush.
The ban – originally issued Jan. 27 in an executive order – caused widespread outrage and confusion from the start. Protests erupted at U.S. airports and around the world. And federal officials offered conflicting statements about who would be affected.
Opponents of the travel ban celebrated the decision. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and his counterpart in Minnesota, Lori Swanson, filed the lawsuit three days after the White House issued the ban. In a statement today, he said:
“The Constitution prevailed today. No one is above the law — not even the President. … It’s our president’s duty to honor this ruling and I’ll make sure he does.”
Customs and Border Protection has already informed airlines that it will be reinstating visas.
The Trump administration expressed disappointment with the decision. White House press secretary Sean Spicer called the order “lawful and appropriate,” and promised to seek an emergency stay on Robart’s ruling.
In a statement, the White House said:
“At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this 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.”
Ferguson anticipates that the case will move quickly to the Supreme Court, and is ready to fight the White House every step of the way.
“It’s a case of that magnitude, it’s a case that frankly I think will ultimately end up before the U.S. Supreme Court, so that would not surprise me one way or the other.”
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