A federal appeals court early Sunday denied the Justice Department’s request to immediately reinstate President Trump’s order restricting refugees and travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
The ruling came just hours after the department filed an emergency motion to stay Judge James L. Robart of Seattle’s order that halted the implementation of restrictions imposed by Trump’s order nationwide.
The denial means that travelers restricted under the order can continue coming to the U.S. while the legal battles continue.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco asked challengers of the ban to respond to the appeal, and for the Justice Department to file a counter-response by Monday afternoon.