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JUDGE HALTS TRUMPS IMMIGRATION BAN NATIONWIDE

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A federal judge in Seattle today ordered a national halt to the enforcement of Trump's immigration travel ban blocking the entry into the US of citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

US District Jame Robart granted a plantiff's request for a restraining order "on a nationwide basis" prohibiting federal employees from enforcing Trump's order. The argument in the case was that the ban unjustly targeted Muslims -- per Trump's pledge for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" -- and violated their constitutional right to religious freedom and equal protection.

In his ruling, Robart agreed, saying Trump had caused "immediate and irreparable injury" to Muslim immigrants ensnared by the immigration order.

Judge Robert was nominated to the bench by Republican President George W. Bush in 2003.

Amazon.com and Expedia backed the lawsuit.

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