The U.S. State Department will allow people with valid visas into the United States, a department official said on Saturday, in order to comply with an opinion from a federal judge in Seattle barring President Donald Trump's executive action.
"We have reversed the provisional revocation of visas," the State Department official said in a statement. "Those individuals with visas that were not physically canceled may now travel if the visa is otherwise valid."President Donald Trump has lashed out at a federal judge who blocked his executive order on immigration and refugees, and vowed that the ruling would not stand. Mr Trump and his aides reacted furiously after Judge James Robart of Seattle placed a temporary hold on the controversial order banning citizens of seven majority Muslim-majority countries from entering the US and suspending America’s refugee programme.
Rapid ResponseGovernment agencies immediately complied with the ruling, and travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen were allowed to board planes bound for the US. The state department began to reissue visas to the 60,000 citizens of those countries who had them revoked due to the ban, and the department of homeland security said it would abandon “any and all actions” relating to the implementation of the order. As they scrambled to comply with the sudden shift, marches took place in London, Washington and around the world over Mr Trump’s order. Sean Spicer, Mr Trump’s spokesman, said the department of justice would seek an emergency stay on the ruling to allow for the ban to be reinstated. Mr Spicer initially called the ruling “outrageous” but the word was removed from a subsequent statement, apparently in defence to judicial independence. Mr Trump was less cautious, calling the decision “ridiculous” and challenging Mr Robart’s authority.
“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Donald Trump wrote on Twitter.
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