Some foreigners and refugees were racing against the clock as they sought to storm into the United States as the Trump administration prepares to press a federal appeals court for the reinstatement of the controversial travel ban.
Judge Robert in the San Francisco-based court denied the Trump administration's request but ordered Minnesota and Washington states to provide more adequate details on the controversial issue. The Justice Department was also asked to file its response later on Monday.
The travel ban was issued by President Trump on the 27th of January, shortly after his inauguration. The executive order suspended entry of all refugees to the U.S. for 120 days, it halted the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely and barred entry for a duration of three months from the seven predominantly Muslim countries – Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia.
Following the legal wrangling, the Federal Judge James Robart in Seattle issued the temporary order on Friday night lifting the ban nationwide. The Judge who was appointed by President George W. Bush back in 2004, claimed that the main reason for his decision was the immediate and irreparable injury that would result from the signing and implementation of the executive order.
After the travel ban was temporarily set on hold, individuals who were affected by the ban were on toes as they planned to take advantage of the hold. The Lebanon's National News Agency reported that airlines operating out of Beirut's Rafik Harri International Airport allowed people from the seven affected countries to board U.S. bound planes. The same happened in Egypt, where Cairo airport officials told the Associated Press that 33 people from Iraq, Yemen and Syria boarded planes bound for the United States.
Some of the affected individuals such as an Iranian researcher who had been prevented from flying into the U.S. where he'd doing his research at Stanford University made his way at New York's Kennedy Airport. Another Ph.D. student by name Nima Enyati had been away when he tried to fly to New York from Italy. He expressed his excitement over the ban as he said it feels great to finally be in the U.S.
As much as refugees continue to storm into the country as they try to take advantage of the travel ban, it's worth noting that President Trump signed the executive order with the best interest of the United States at heart. At the end of the day, curbing terror groups is no easy task and its commendable that he's made steps to ensure that he eliminates the menace.