Federal Judge Reportedly Lifts Part of Trump’s Refugee Ban

In response to complaints leveled by the ACLU and Jewish Family Service, U.S. District Judge James Robart of Seattle lifted parts of the White House’s refugee ban that bars certain people from majority Muslim countries from entering the US and joining their families who are already in the country. As reported by the Associated Press, Robart — who was appointed by George W. Bush — was urged by the two groups to end what has been dubbed by the media and President Donald Trump the “Muslim ban.” The judge argued that the ban should not be applied with some refugees entering the US with a bonafide relationship with American citizens. Additionally, Robart noted “former officials detailed concretely how the Agency Memo will harm the United States’ national security and foreign policy interests.” While the ACLU and JFS explained the refugee ban puts victims in harms way, the administration has argued that the policy is needed for protection against “radical Islamic terrorism.” The latest version of Trump’s executive orders on immigration was put in place during October as it reset the refugee program and added “enhanced vetting capabilities.” Robart’s ruling is just the latest of Trump’s judicial troubles with his executive orders on immigration from several Muslim majority countries. Days after his inauguration, Trump issued an order barring entry from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen — which was challenged by several federal judges and sparked nationwide protests. The executive order also resulted in the firing of then-Attorney General Sally Yates. Trump has since issued several toned-down versions of the “Muslim ban,” each of which have faced their own challenges and battles in court. [image via screengrab] Follow the author on Twitter (@calebecarma).

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