On January 27th, 2017 Donald Trump signed an executive order (EO) banning travel to the United States for 90 days from seven countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya. This ban initially applied to current valid visa and green holders from the countries. According to New York Times, the new law affected over 67,000 business visitors and travelers, 14,000 students, 1000 temporary workers and over 700 fiances of US Citizens. In addition, the EO affected thousands of people holding immigrant visas and refugees. (Source: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/31/us/politics/trump-immigration-ban-groups.html?_r=0)
On January 29th, Trump administration clarifies that the law does not apply to green card holders from those countries. The statement was made due to mass confusion and protests at US airports.
Beginning January 30th, several courts in the United States order a stay on key provisions of the EO citing harm to residents, harm to economy and family separations.
On February 3rd, US District Judge James Robart temporarily suspends the EO. The suspension is applied nationwide, meaning that no federal employee anywhere in the United States can ban travelers under the new law.
On February 4th the Department of Justice (DOJ) files an appeal with the 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals. The court denies to issue the order reinstating the immigration travel ban despite DOJ’s assertion that the judicial branch of government is interfering with national security judgment of the President. Instead, the 9th Circuit Court orders both proponents and opponents of the EO to file legal briefs in support of their respective positions. The briefs are due today at 6:00 pm.
As of now the order suspending the EO is still in effect.
On February 9th, the 9th Circuit Court upheld the temporary restraining order on the traveling ban. The three-judge panel voted unanimously.