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Judge Grants "Nationwide Restraining Order" Against Trump's Immigration Policy

Following a brief moment of 'success' for the Trump administration as a Boston judge ruled Trump's immigration policy was not a 'muslim ban', a federal judge in Seattle - who said the states of Washington and Minnesota can sue claiming their residents were harmed by the ban - has granted a nationwide temporary restraining order blocking Trump's recent action.

As NBC News reports, the temporary restraining order applies nationwide, Attorney General Bob Ferguson's office said.

"The Constitution prevailed today," Ferguson said in a statement. "No one is above the law — not even the President."

 

"It's a wonderful day for the rule of law in this country," said Washington state solicitor general Noah Purcell.

The restraining order will be in effect until U.S. District Court Senior Judge James L. Robart considers a legal challenge filed by the attorney general, Ferguson's office said.

"The state has met its burden in demonstrating immediate and irreparable injury," Robart said in issuing the restraining order Friday.

 

"Judge Robart's decision, effective immediately, effective now, puts a halt to President Trump's unconstitutional and unlawful executive order," Ferguson said.

 

"It puts a stop to it immediately, nationwide."

However, while this appears a major victory for anti-Trump-ers, a Department of Homeland Security official told NBC News that the judge's order will have no immediate practical effect.

All previously issued visas from the seven affected countries were canceled by last week's executive order, the official said, meaning people would have to reapply.

Furthermore, the Trump administration could seek a stay of the Seattle judge's order.

The decision came on a day that attorneys from four states were in courts challenging Trump's executive order. Trump's administration justified the action on national security grounds, but opponents labeled it an unconstitutional order targeting people based on religious beliefs - which the Boston judge has since ruled invalid.