Late Friday afternoon on February 3, 2017, Judge James Robart of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issue a sweeping Temporary Restraining Order blocking the Trump travel ban nationwide. Shortly after the order was issued, both Customs and Border Protection and the State Department lifted restrictions on travelers from the seven banned countries (Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan and Lybia). Airlines appeared to be boarding passengers with valid visas. Click here for a copy of the Order.
Early Saturday morning, Donald Trump abusively referred to Judge Robart as a “so-called judge” but had not otherwise challenged the order. It is expected that the administration will attempt to have Judge Robart’s order overturned by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Persons with valid visas hoping to travel to the US should therefore do so immediately in case Judge Robart’s order is stayed or invalidated.
Banned nation travelers from Canada are urged to travel to the US through U.S. preclearance at one of Canada’s airports so as to avoid the possibility of detention or delay in the United States. You are encouraged to carry a copy of Judge Robart’s order. Such persons in the U.S. are encouraged to remain there and not to risk travel.
Please follow news reports carefully as this is a fluid situation that can change at any moment.