Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) hailed federal judge James Robart after the Seattle-based judge ruled against President Donald Trump late Friday, overturning Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration and refugees.
According to Schumer, Robart overturned Trump’s “un-American” order that he said did not make any Americans safer. Schumer also warned Trump to “heed” Robart’s ruling.
“This ruling is a victory for the Constitution and for all of us who believe this un-American executive order will not make us safer,” Schumer said in a statement, according to CNN. “This ruling is a victory for the Constitution and for all of us who believe this un-American executive order will not make us safer.”
Robart’s ruling, which came late Friday and was effective immediately, essentially overturned all aspects of Trump’s executive order. Indeed, the Customs and Border Patrol even informed airlines after the ruling to again start accepting passengers from countries that were on Trump’s list of banned countries.
The ruling came in response to a lawsuit that argued Trump’s executive order targeted Muslims and violated the constitutional rights of refugees who hold valid U.S. visas.
Trump’s executive order, signed late last month, temporarily halts the U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days while indefinitely suspending the Syrian refugee resettlement program. The order also temporarily banned travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
Still, the Trump administration vowed late Friday to fight back against Robart’s “outrageous” ruling, saying the Department of Justice would issue an emergency stay against it.