The ACLU Nationwide reports that they have blocked “Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban.” This comes after an emergency hearing in NYC federal court.
They go on to say:
“The judge ruled today that no refugees should be put back on planes and sent back to danger.”
“No refugees are going to be immediately deported.”
And the ACLU executive director said: “When President Trump enacts laws or executive orders that are unconstitutional or illegal, the courts are there to defend everyone’s rights.”
Here is their full statement:
NEW YORK — A federal judge tonight granted the American Civil Liberties Union’s request for a nationwide temporary injunction that will block the deportation of all people stranded in U.S. airports under President Trump’s new Muslim ban. The ACLU and other legal organizations filed a lawsuit on behalf of individuals subject to President Trump’s Muslim ban. The lead plaintiffs have been detained by the U.S. government and threatened with deportation even though they have valid visas to enter the United States.
Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project who argued the case, said:
“This ruling preserves the status quo and ensures that people who have been granted permission to be in this country are not illegally removed off U.S. soil.”
ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero, had this reaction to the ruling:
“Clearly the judge understood the possibility for irreparable harm to hundreds of immigrants and lawful visitors to this country. Our courts today worked as they should as bulwarks against government abuse or unconstitutional policies and orders. On week one, Donald Trump suffered his first loss in court.”