Judge Blocks Deportations Based on Trump’s Refugee Ban

Refugees Already Approved Can't Be Kicked Out

US District Court Judge Ann Donnelly has issued an emergency stay blocking the Trump Administration from expelling anyone from the United States on the basis of the new executive order banning refugees and severely restricting visas to people from several Muslim countries.

The ruling came as the result of an ACLU petition on behalf of a pair of Iraqis who had paperwork which would normally have entitled them to enter the United States, but who landed at Kennedy Airport in New York after Trump’s executive order was signed and were immediately detained because of that.

Donnelly insisted there was “imminent danger” of causing substantial injury by removing such people from US soil, and no likely harm in blocking the implementation of this aspect of the order. The ruling ultimately means people already approved to come to the US as refugees can still come, irrespective of the ban.

The ruling does not appear to restrict the Trump Administration from implementing the order beyond the people already in the system, and assuming they simply stop issuing approvals for people to come to the US, the ruling will eventually stop mattering.

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Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.

  • Valerianus Maximus

    The question now is whether Trump pulls an Andrew Jackson on Ann Donnelly.

    • Don

      Personally, I would like to understand what each means. No idea?

  • Don

    What a hoot to watch that happening last night! He’s being made a complete fool over all this stupid kneejerk exec orders. And it does appear that there are no grownups around him who can tie the cannon down.
    Same stock photo too Jason. Good choice!

    luv from Canada.

    • Michex

      The mainstream media and anti-Trump crowd are deliberately playing up the fact that a few dozen people have been stranded at airports. Boo-hoo. One would think they were being tossed into Gestapo prisons.
      That is what is driving this.
      The mainstream media hates everything about Trump including his neckties (but not his pro-Israel policies).

  • Don

    Here’s something that’s going to please the Trumpers:

    Border cops at some locations are defying the Federal judge’s order. Others are going to going off the deep end at seeing the chaos the US is descending into over Trump’s crazyas-ed executive orders.

    luv from Canada.

  • CuriousNC

    The US should protect itself from people who have grievances towards it. Trump is right. He didn’t go far enough. We cannot have an Empire and be a liberal society. This is well deserved and the elite are howling. Trump is threatening the cake that they have and want to eat. If the US had a non-interventionist foreign policy none of those countries would be banned. It would be a good time to point that out. Its odd that the political class advocate genocide in the Muslim world but then cry when the people who are on America’s hit list aren’t admitted into the US. Trump is fixing that cognitive dissonance for them. I hope Trump continues to get under their skin.

    • Don

      So Trump’s simplistic mind chooses empire. And with it, all it implies.

      It seems that you’re applauding that but you didn’t make it all that clear. However, a good guess considering that you’re talking from NC, is that you are with Trump all the way.

      Hmmmm? You’re probably a good Christian too. There’s a lot of significance in that you know!

      • CuriousNC

        Trump is for the Empire that is correct. He unmasks it. He promises to make it run more efficiently. He also pisses off the imperial class and their morality issues. Its okay to kill millions of people but heaven forbid a few are denied entry to the US. That’s some twisted logic. The crybaby elite and their supporters can now face the cold hard truth of Empire without their white helmets, little Syrian girls begging Donald for some bombings because Syrian children love dying and being hurt so much, and other velvet gloves on the iron imperial fist. By letting in a few refugees the elite can hide their evil imperial ambitions but with Trump there is the naked truth. The hostility that the US propaganda apparatus has done its job and produced Trump’s policy on Muslims. There is no hiding it now. The US is hostile towards Muslims. All Trump did was unmask it.

        I want better relations with Russia and I’d rather live than die in a nuclear fire given the option. Hillary offered Empire with a smile and nuclear war. We may get the nuclear war anyway. No, I’m not with Trump all the way. I want better relations with Russia and I want to inflict pain on the ruling elite. Those two things I like about Trump at the moment. No, I’m not a Christian. There is no independent evidence that shows Jesus existed. There should be a lot of evidence to prove that a powerful sorcerer existed but all there is is the gospels. I’ve never seen anyone walk on water.

  • Michex

    Perhaps those who don’t like Trump’s executive order on immigration should encourage the US to go back to the old policies that let in the 9/11 hijackers and the other terrorists who murdered Americans in San Bernandino and Orlando.
    Is that what you want?
    And then there’s the fellow in New Jersey who set off bombs in that state and NY City.
    You want to let in more people like him?
    Most of the people demonstrating against Trump’s executive order at airports are just anti-Trump people. They don’t give a hoot about Muslims or immigration policy.
    Trump’s order obviously has some problems, but it is based on the valid idea that America is going to be careful about who it lets in and from which country. It’s a start. A few dozen people stranded at airports is nothing new nor is it that big a deal.
    The hysteria surrounding it is largely based on an anti-Trump agenda by the mainstream media.