Brooklyn Federal Judge orders stay, partially blocks Trump's Executive Order on Muslim travel ban

By LOUIS FLORES

U.S. District Court Judge Ann Donnolly issued an order on Saturday evening during an emergency hearing, instructing that Muslim travelers already in the United States, but detained as a consequence of an Executive Order issued on Friday by President Donald Trump, should not be deported to their home countries. The order also stopped short from calling for the release of the detainees, leaving individuals in custody in temporary limbo, according to a summary of the ruling, as noted in a report published by The New York Times. News of the ruling was widely shared on social media by individuals inside the courtroom, by activists demonstrating outside of the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, and by others closely following the developments.

Attempts to reach the media office for the U.S. Attorney's Office for New York's eastern district, which is generally tasked with representing the Federal Government during litigation proceedings, were unsuccessful.

A team of attorneys had sought the stay and other relief in legal filings made in Brooklyn Federal Court hours after the first individuals were being detained at John F. Kennedy Airport, following the implementation of the travel ban called for in President Trump's Executive Order. According to news reports, 12 individuals had been detained at JFK Airport, one of whom was released after U.S. Reps. Nydia Velázquez (D-Brooklyn) and Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan) had traveled to JFK Airport to negotiate the release of the men with agency officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Once President Trump's Executive Order went into effect, the edict immediately instituted travel restrictions on individuals entering the U.S. on travel visas and "Green Cards" from seven Muslim-majority nations. Implementation of the travel ban triggered public outrage and legal challenges. The order issued by the Hon. Judge Donnolly has national effect.

The Hon. Judge Donnolly's order was issued after spontaneous protests reached critical mass at Terminal 4 of JFK Airport, outside the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, and at major airports across the Nation.

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