The executive order banning Muslim immigrants which was signed by President Donald Trump at the Pentagon about a week ago has been 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 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 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.
The USA wrestling team had said it would send a team to the Freestyle World Cup, one of the most prestigious competitions in international wrestling but Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said a special committee reviewed the case and “Eventually the visit by the U.S. freestyle wrestling team was opposed”, he said.
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