White House Issues Statement After Federal Judge Pauses Travel Ban

US President Donald Trump speaks after signing executive orders related to the oil pipeline industry in the Oval Office of the White House

President Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at "this so-called judge" who put a nationwide hold on his executive order denying entry to the U.S.to refugees and people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Federal judges in several other states have also acted against the ban since it came into effect last Friday but Judge Robart's ruling is the furthest reaching order so far. The State Department announced on Saturday that it would reinstate around 60,000 visas, and the Department of Homeland Security announced that it won't direct airlines to keep visa-holders covered by the immigration ban from boarding US-bound planes, The Associated Press reports.

The executive order caused confusion and confrontations at airports, as some travelers were detained for many hours at major USA airports or sent away, and protesters gathered at terminals to denounce the new rules. Individuals, organizations, politicians and some states called it unconstitutional religious discrimination against Muslims. Some travelers overseas were turned back from flights into the United States, crowds of hundreds of people packed into arrival areas to protest and legal objections were filed across the country. This restraining order can still be overturned or altered later.

"Do you see a distinction between campaign statements and the executive order", Judge Robart asked.

The State Department and the Department of Homeland Security said they would comply with the judge's ruling.

The DOJ pledged to appeal Robart's ruling on Saturday and hours later stated that the Washington court erred in predicting its success against the defendants, the President of the United States.

"The state has met its burden of demonstrating immediate and irreparable injury", he said.

Judge James Robart had questioned the constitutionality of his controversial executive order, which blocks citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.

The State Department said nearly 60,000 visas had been suspended because of Trump's ban.

The State Department is also following similar procedural actions.

The Washington-based businesses of Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft support the state's efforts to stop the order.

"The Constitution prevailed today", Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement sent to reporters.

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