- Federal judge blocked parts of Trump’s immigration order
- She enjoined officials from removing refugees who have already arrived in the US
- Judge praised for order, fear still lingering in the air
United States – A federal judge has issued a restraining order blocking parts of U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.
In a three-page letter, Judge Ann M. Donnelly of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York enjoined officials from carrying out Trump’s order to remove citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen who have already arrived or are in transit in the US and carry valid visas.
“WHEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the respondents, their officers, agents, servants, employees, attorneys, and all members and persons acting in concert or participation with them, from the date of this Order, are ENJOINED AND RESTRAINED from, in any manner or by any means, removing individuals with refugee applications approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and other individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen legally authorized to enter the United States,” read the order.
Donnelly cited a possible violation of the constitutional right to due process and equal protection in granting the stay of removal.
Named respondents in the order were Trump, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Secretary John Kelly, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and its acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, and CBP New York Field Director James Madden.
Critics of Trump’s controversial EO praised Donnelly for granting the restraining order even as some expressed worry that it didn’t contain a provision ordering the release of those already detained.
“The judge’s order is that they (lawful visa/green card holders) not be removed from the US. It doesn’t immediately order that they be released from detention,” Zachary Manfredi, from Yale’s Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic told CNN.
“We are hoping that CBP now that they no longer have a reason to detain them, will release them. But it is also possible they could be transferred to other detention facilities. We are getting the order to as many CBP officers as possible right now,” he added.