Trump said his administration would fight the latest federal ruling all the way to the Supreme Court, declaring, “we’re going to win it.”
Trump issues the executive order
banning entry for 90 days by citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The order also indefinitely halts refugees from Syria.
January 28 – Protests start nationwide
start at airports across the United States in opposition to the travel ban.
January 28 – Judge in New York temporarily blocks part of order
A federal judge in New York blocked
part of the order. US Judge Ann M. Donnelly held that the petitioners had a “strong likelihood of success” in establishing that their removal “violates their rights to Due Process and Equal Protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”
January 29 – Judge in Massachusetts also issues a temporary restraining order
A federal judge in Massachusetts
blocked a part of the order in a case brought by lawyers for two lawful permanent residents who are college professors. That order went a step further ordering that the government could not “detain or remove” those who arrived legally from the seven countries subject to Trump’s order.
January 29 – Trump vigorously defends order
President Trump defended
the order, insisting it would protect the country from terrorists. “This is not about religion — this is about terror and keeping our country safe,” the President wrote in a statement.
January 30 – Former President Barack Obama criticizes order
Obama said he “fundamentally disagrees
with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion,” according to a statement through a spokesman.
January 30 – Senate Republicans block attempt to reverse order
Senate Republicans squashed two moves
by Democrats, including an attempt to begin debating a bill that would rescind the executive order.
January 30 – Trump fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates
Trump fired Yates
after she declined
to defend the travel ban.
January 31 – New secretary of homeland security defends immigration order
After days of confusion at US airports and overseas, Secretary John Kelly
said, “I think we were in pretty good shape on how it was implemented by the workforce.”
February 2 – Trump administration eases travel ban restrictions for green card holders
Among the eased restrictions
, US legal permanent residents from the seven countries would be again allowed to take part in the Global Entry program. The program allows for expedited border clearance for travelers deemed to be low-risk.
February 3 – Temporary restraining order isn’t renewed
A federal judge in Boston declined to renew the temporary restraining order
affecting Massachusetts that prohibited the detention or removal of foreign travelers legally authorized to come to the US. The January 29 temporary restraining order was set to expire on February 5.
February 3 – Federal judge temporarily halts key provisions of order
US District Court Judge James Robart blocked the ban nationwide
. He ruled that the states that filed the lawsuit “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.”
February 5 – Government’s request denied
A federal appeals court rejected
the US government’s emergency request to resume the ban. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco asked both sides to file legal briefs before the court makes it final decision.
February 7 – Arguments presented in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Three federal judges grilled lawyers
from the Justice Department and Washington state as the panel weighed whether to lift a nationwide block on the travel ban.
February 9 – Travel ban remains blocked
A three-judge panel
in the Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals ruled against reinstating the travel ban. Full text of appeals court ruling.
Robart, the federal district court judge in Seattle, rejected the Trump administration’s request
to halt further proceedings in his court while the Ninth Circuit Court considered rehearing the case before a larger panel of judges. It meant the challenge to the ban by Washington and Minnesota could proceed in front of Robart.
The President said the new order would be “very much tailored”
to the federal court decision that temporarily halted his first ban. The Department of Justice also filed a brief telling the Ninth Circuit of Appeals it didn’t need a larger panel of judges to rehear its failed emergency challenge to a lower court’s temporary suspension.
President Trump’s new travel ban
excluded Iraq from the list of Muslim-majority countries whose citizens were temporarily blocked. The ban, which was set to take effect on March 16, barred foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days. The new executive order came six weeks after the original order was unveiled, causing confusion and chaos at airports nationwide, before a federal court blocked it.