In the first major setback of his newly-minted presidency, a federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of President Trump’s travel ban.
And the State Department is following the judge’s orders.
The Washington Post says, The State Department says previously banned travelers will be allowed to enter the United States after a federal judge in Washington state on Friday temporarily blocked enforcement of President Trump’s controversial immigration ban.
“We have reversed the provisional revocation of visas under” Trump’s executive order, a State Department spokesman said Saturday. “Those individuals with visas that were not physically canceled may now travel if the visa is otherwise valid.”
Department of Homeland Security personnel “will resume inspection of travelers in accordance with standard policy and procedure.”Immigrant advocates said they were encouraging travelers from the affected countries to get on planes as soon as possible, since the Trump administration has said it plans to appeal the stay on the travel ban.
Trump’s response was swift and harsh — as one would expect.
The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot , come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &.security – big trouble!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
In addition, according to Reuters, The Department of Homeland Security will stop flagging travelers from certain countries targeted by an executive order from President Donald Trump, a spokeswoman said on Saturday, in order to comply with a federal court ruling.
a. We’re back to square one in terms of keeping any new would-be jihadis out of our country (as opposed to anyone who might already be here).
b. Anyone who WAS thinking about coming in and couldn’t is now going to “rush plans to completion” (as we say in hurricane country).
c. More protests – and much spiking of the football — from the left.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]