Federal Judge in L.A., a Former Obama-Appointed U.S. Attorney, Orders Another Halt to Trump’s Travel Ban

A federal judge in Los Angeles has added another legal challenge to President Trump’s controversial suspension of travel from a group of predominantly Muslim countries, issuing an emergency order that forbids government officials from enforcing the new rules.

U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr., left, and Steven Martinez, Assistant Director of the FBI in Los Angeles speak to reporters on Dec. 14, 2010, in Los Angeles during a press conference. (Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr., left, and Steven Martinez, Assistant Director of the FBI in Los Angeles speak to reporters on Dec. 14, 2010, in Los Angeles during a press conference. (Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Using sweeping, unambiguous language, U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte Jr. on Tuesday night granted a temporary restraining order against the executive order Trump signed late last week.

Birotte’s ruling came in a case hastily filed Tuesday on behalf of 28 Yemeni-born people. The group consists of United States citizens living here and family members who remained behind in Yemen but had received visas to come to the U.S., according to court filings.

Finding that the plaintiffs stand a good chance of prevailing when the case is heard in court and are “likely to suffer irreparable harm” if he didn’t act, Birotte instructed that the plaintiffs be allowed entry into the U.S.

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