Relief has come the way of seven mainly Muslim countries earlier banned from the United States following the blocking of an executive order banning Muslim immigrants signed into law by President Donald Trump.
The executive order banning Muslim immigrants which was signed by Trump at the Pentagon about a week ago was blocked nationwide by a US federal judge.
US District Judge James Robart in Seattle on Friday said the temporary restraining order will remain valid nationwide pending a full review of a complaint by Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson.
The move has now seen the resumption of boarding U.S.-bound flights by several major airlines after the Seattle judge blocked the executive order.
Qatar Airways was the first to say it would allow passengers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to fly to U.S. cities if they had valid documents.
Air France, Spain’s Iberia and Germany’s Lufthansa all followed suit after the federal judge’s ruling, which the White House said it planned to appeal as soon as possible.
Speaking after blocking the executive order, Ferguson said; “The constitution prevailed today,” Ferguson said, describing the judge’s decision as historic. “No one is above the law – not even the president.
“I said from the beginning it is not the loudest voice that prevails in a courtroom, it’s the constitution,” he added, pointing out that Robart was appointed by Republican president George W Bush.
Trump’s immigration ban has sparked wide protests in and outside America with the latest reaction coming from the Iran government which has banned the US wrestling team from participating in the Freestyle World Cup in Tehran later this month.
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