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Federal Court Issues Stay on Trump's Immigration Order

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A federal court has issued a halt on part of Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration.

Judge Ann M. Donnelly, of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, ruled Saturday night that travelers and refugees trapped in U.S. airports would not be deported at present, due to the "irreparable harm" such an action might cause, reports The New York Times.

However, the ruling does not permit all of these travelers entry into the United States — only those with valid visas who have already arrived or are in transit.

The emergency stay, which is temporary until another ruling finds it permanent, also does not address whether or not Trump's order violates the U.S. Constitution.

Donnelly told lawyers, who expressed concerns that these travelers would be detained, “If someone is not being released, I guess I’ll just hear from you.” 

"The petitioners have a strong likelihood of success in establishing that the removal of the petitioner and other similarly situated violates their due process and equal protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution," Donnelly wrote in the ruling.

Protesters gathered at airports across the United States, after President Trump signed an executive order Friday that imposed a 90-day suspension of immigration between the U.S and seven predominantly Muslim countries. He also banned all refugees for 120 days.

The move had left at least 100 people, who had departed for the U.S. before the executive order was signed, into limbo. "Set them free!" was a common chant outside of the airports.

Watch videos of the protests at the Los Angeles International Airport, and interviews with protesters, from The Advocate's Yezmin Villarreal, below.

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