Judge temporarily blocks Trump's immigration ban

The Department of Homeland Security has suspended all actions to implement President Donald Trump's immigration ban on Saturday, a quick turn of events following a federal judge's decision to block the controversial order.

U.S. Customs & Border Protection told U.S. airlines Friday night they could once again board travelers who had been barred by the ban, which went into effect after Trump signed an executive order January 27.

As the ban lifted Friday, refugees and thousands of travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who had been stopped in their tracks last weekend by the executive order scrambled to get flights to quickly enter the United States.

Amazon is among the Washington state-based companies that threw its support behind attorneys challenging Trump's immigration order.

Robart's decisions went against government lawyers who argued that individual states did not have the right to challenge the directive.

The US President demanded that the Seattle judge's order be stayed pending resolution of the appeal.

Although it is unclear what form of relief the Justice Department will seek, the White House said Friday that it wants an "emergency stay" of Robart's order.

The White House pledged to swiftly appeal the federal judge's ruling late Friday, but that didn't appear to be enough for Trump, who vented his frustrations on Twitter. The president has said the order is necessary to protect Americans from terrorism.

Mr Trump was named as one of the appellants in his capacity as president, along with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Washington (the state) and Minnesota urged a nationwide hold on the executive order, and U.S. District Judge James Robart sided with the states. A Justice Department attorney, however, told a court hearing in Virginia that about 100,000 visas had been revoked.

"The constitution prevailed today", Mr Ferguson said after the ruling.

A second tweet said: "Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban".

"The answer is none", Judge Robart said.

Qatar Airways announced that it will allow nationals from the seven countries affected by Trump's travel ban to travel to the United States if they had proper paperwork.

  • Archie Newman