Here's What You Need to Know About the Federal Judge's Ruling on President Trump's Travel Ban

January 29th 2017

Dave Fonseca

A federal judge on Saturday evening issued temporary stay related to President Donald Trump's immigration order. As a result, anyone with a valid visa who has already arrived in the U.S. or was in transit will not be deported.

The ruling is narrow, and applies only to those who were at airports or were traveling at or around the time the executive order was issued. 

The ruling came as a result of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq, both Iraqi citizens, and “others similarly situated.” 

Darweesh had conducted "valuable work" for the U.S. government between 2003 and 2013 as an interpreter, contractor, and electrical engineer, the lawsuit claims. Abdulkhaleq's family members are permanent U.S. residents. As ATTN: reported Saturday afternoon, social media was flooded with accounts of travelers from Muslim majority countries who had been affected by the order.

According to the New York Times, the ruling did not clarify if those affected travelers would be allowed to exit the airports in which they were detained; it simply states that they would not be deported back to their home countries.  

What You Need to Know About the Second Circuit Court’s Ruling

  • All imminent deportations of travelers held at airports is halted
  • President Trump’s executive order still stands, it has not been deemed unconstitutional 
  • A follow up court date is scheduled in February