A United States court of appeal in San Francisco has turned down an emergency motion that the department of justice filed seeking to overturn a ruling that blocked implementation of Donald Trump’s executive orders.
The orders signed by the U.S. President places a temporary ban on immigrants from 7Muslim-dominated nations, including Iran. Syria had been banned indefinitely.
With such a decision, the ban will remain frozen over this weekend. Any decision on whether the freeze will be abolished will not be made until Monday afternoon, reports CNN.
According to the court ruling, the White House and the states opposed to the ban have until the said date to present additional arguments.
The travel ban had been argued against by two states stating that it is unconstitutional.
However, the Justice Department argued that this is a national security matter and that Judge James Robart shouldn’t second guess the President.
It continued to explain that only the President has the constitutional power to allow or deny anyone entry into the country.
Effects of the ban so far
Last week, the state department said that so far 60,000 people have had their visas revoked ever since the President signed the executive orders. However, the Department of Justice estimates the number to be 100,000.
Ever since the restrictions were effected two weeks ago, havoc was wrecked in airports all over, with reports of some people being forced to plan return journeys mid-air.
Trump equally received a severe political backlash, all of whom were fueled by massive protests.
Immediately the ban was revoked on Friday, many scrambled to get into US planes, most worrying that they had a narrow window to enter the country.
The State Department has been reversing visa cancellations and US homeland security employees have been told by their department to comply with the ruling.
Customs officials also issued a directive to airlines explaining that they can start boarding travelers who had been blocked earlier on. The flight operators that have already confirmed doing so include Air France, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa and Etihad Airways.