Federal judge temporarily halts travel ban

A federal judge in Seattle temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration Friday, halting the travel ban that had been in place for a week.

Washington was the first state to challenge Trump’s order that temporarily barred entry to refugees and travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries. Syrian refugees were also indefinitely banned.

The state of Minnesota joined Washington’s lawsuit Thursday.

“Five federal judges around the country have issued orders that restrict the travel ban executive order,” said Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. “I support strong measures to protect the security of the United States. I also support the bedrock of that security—namely, the Constitution of the United States.”

The temporary restraining order will remain in place until U.S. District Court Senior Judge James L. Robart considers the merits of Washington and Minnesota’s lawsuit.

“The Constitution prevailed today,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson told reporters after Robart issued the order. “No one is above the law — not even the President.”

The lawsuit argues that Trump’s executive order violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of Equal Protection and the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. It also asserts that it denies individuals’ constitutional right to due process and violates the federal Immigration and Nationality Act.