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Court Denies Justice Department Request to Reinstate Ban

The U.S. Justice Department’s request to immediately reinstate President Donald Trump’s travel and immigration ban was denied early Sunday. The emergency stay came after a federal judge in Washington state put the executive order on hold nationwide. On Saturday the Department of Homeland Security said it was complying with the judge’s order and halting implementation of the executive order. The order, signed more than a week ago, halts immigration for foreign nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries. In its court filing, the Justice Department said judge James Robart’s decision to block the order “second-guesses the president’s national security judgment about the quantum of risk posed by the admission of certain classes of (non-citizens) and the best means of minimizing that risk.” Trump tweeted about the case multiple times on Saturday, at one point referring to Robart as the “so-called judge.”