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Relief, confusion at US airport as judge lifts travel ban

Sunday, February 05, 2017 - 00:50

Travelers and immigrants affected by Donald Trump's travel ban scramble to enter the U.S. after a judge in Washington state blocks his executive order to restrict entry for refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday (February 4) denounced a judge who lifted the travel ban he had imposed on citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries, taking an unusual jab at an independent branch of the U.S. government as he vowed to bring back the restrictions. Trump's personal attack on U.S. District Judge James Robart went too far for some who said he was undermining an institution designed to check the power of the White House and Congress. As the ban lifted, refugees and thousands of travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who had been stopped in their tracks last weekend by Trump's executive order scrambled to get flights to quickly enter the United States. The Justice Department is expected to quickly argue in court to reverse a restraining order made by Robart in Seattle late on Friday. The judge appointed by former Republican President George W. Bush questioned the constitutionality of Trump's order.

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Relief, confusion at US airport as judge lifts travel ban

Sunday, February 05, 2017 - 00:50