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US travel ban: valid visa holders to be allowed entry - government spokeswoman

US travel ban: valid visa holders to be allowed entry - government spokeswoman
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By Euronews with AP, Reuters
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Airlines resume flights for US visa holders. President Trump labels court ruling to block his travel ban 'ridiculous', says it 'will be overturned.'

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The US Department of Homeland Security has said it will comply with Seattle federal judge James Robart’s temporary nationwide block on a controversial travel ban.

Airlines are resuming US-bound flights for visa holders from the seven, mainly-Muslim countries covered in President Donald Trump’s executive order. A Homeland Security spokeswoman said valid visa holders from those nations will now be allowed entry into the US once more.

“We have reversed the provisional revocation of visas,” said a state department official. “Those individuals with visas that were not physically cancelled may now travel, if the visa is otherwise valid.”

Video of today's hearing now available courtesy of U.S. Courts. https://t.co/fBlErCopAg

— WA Attorney General (@AGOWA) February 4, 2017

His ruling is not permanent, however Robart said there was a strong chance that a legal challenge against the ban would be successful.

“The court concludes that the circumstances brought before it today are such that it must intervene to fulfill its constitutional role in our tripart government,” he concluded.

“No one is above the law — not even the President.” –BF

— WA Attorney General (@AGOWA) February 3, 2017

The government is expected to take the case to a higher court.

Trump once again took to Twitter to react to the ruling.

When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot , come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &.security - big trouble!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017

Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban. They know if certain people are allowed in it's death & destruction!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017

The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017

Dozens of lawsuits were filed in objection to his decision to temporarily bar refugees and nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen and to indefinitely suspend the Syrian refugee programme. Robart’s ruling is the first to be applied on a national level.

Put into place a week ago (January 27), the travel ban has been a contentious issue.

Nationwide protests have taken place in the week since Trump signed the executive order.

While the Trump administration has vowed to overturn the court’s decision, the lifting of the ban has also been celebrated.

Estimates on the number of people refused entry into the US vary from under 60,000 to 100,000.

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