US federal judge blocks visa ban, people rush to airports

Thousands of activists descended on airport arrival halls after the ban was declared, ((c) AP)

Visa holders are rushing to airports around the world after US District Judge James Robart temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s visa ban to seven Muslim-majority countries yesterday.

According to international news agencies, people are flocking to airports around the world to take advantage of the window. However there was confusion with some airlines allowing and others rejecting visa holders from boarding planes. American customs officials have told airlines that the visas are valid.

Rula Aoun, director of the Arab American Civil Rights League in Dearborn, Michigan, told The Detroit News that her group is advising people to hurry.

“We’re … instructing people who can travel immediately to the United States to basically go ahead and do that before anything further happens.”

The Department of Homeland Security said it had suspended implementation of the order, with many officials saying the US constitution had won out.

The White House on Friday night said it will file for an emergency ruling to put the President’s order back into effect. Donald Trump reacted to Robart’s decision on Twitter this morning with the tweet below.

On Friday night, the White House said it would direct the Justice Department to file for an emergency stay of the ruling that would allow continued enforcement of the president’s order.