Judge Robart, ruling in a lawsuit brought by the attorneys general of Washington state and Minnesota, issues a nationwide stay (documents) suspending Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. Robart says the order adversely affects residents in areas of education, employment, education and freedom to travel:
[The states] have met their burden of demonstrating that they face immediate and irreparable injury as a result of the signing and implementation of the Executive Order.
The federal court for the Eastern District of New York issues a stay after two of 12 refugees held at JFK airport were released, after 14 and 24 hours respectively. The ACLU had filed a petition on their behalf, but the stay is effective nationwide. Under the stay, none of the travelers held at airports across the nation can be sent back. However, the measure doesn’t mean they have to be allowed into the country – leaving them in a legal grey area. A senior Homeland Security official says that roughly 375 travelers affected by the executive order. Out of the 375, 109 were in transit to the US and denied entry. Another 173 people were stopped by airlines from boarding an aircraft to the US. An additional 81 travelers with green cards or special immigrant visas received waivers.