The Latest: Trump appeal: Aliens lack constitutional rights
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the reaction to a court order blocking U.S. President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries (all times Eastern):
The Justice Department has appealed a judge’s order blocking his travel ban at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, citing the “sovereign prerogative” of a president to admit or exclude aliens.
The appeal says it’s a basic principle, that “an alien seeking initial admission to the United States requests a privilege and has no constitutional rights regarding his application.”
The Justice Department is asking that the federal judge’s order be stayed pending appeal.
Travelers at New York’s Kennedy Airport seem to be entering the United States undeterred a day after a federal judge blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order banning people from seven mostly Muslim countries.
Speaking for a dozen attorneys monitoring arrivals Saturday evening, Alan Kaplan told The Associated Press that no one under the ban Trump signed a week ago appears to have been detained. The lawyers say that’s a vast improvement over the high anxiety that filled airports worldwide as travelers were turned back.
On Friday, a Seattle federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of Trump’s ban. The Department of Justice filed a notice Saturday to appeal the ruling in court.
In his executive order, Trump named seven countries as harboring potential terrorists: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen.
President Donald Trump is predicting his administration will win an appeal of a judge’s ruling temporarily halting his refugee and immigration ban.
The Justice Department filed a notice of appeal Saturday night as it took a step toward asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to lift the judge’s stay.
Asked about the appeal effort, Trump told reporters: “We’ll win. For the safety of the country, we’ll win.”
Trump is staying at his private club in Florida, Mar-a-Lago, for the weekend and attending the annual gala of the American Red Cross at the club’s ballroom.
About 3,000 demonstrators have marched near President Donald Trump’s Florida estate to protest his now-blocked executive order temporarily limiting immigration.
The Saturday protest began with a rally outside Trump Plaza, twin 30-story waterfront condo buildings in West Palm Beach. The march headed two miles to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, where the International Red Cross is holding a fundraiser.
Protesters shouted anti-Trump slogans and set up a flag-draped coffin that they said represented the death of democracy.
A federal judge in Seattle on Friday temporarily invalidated Trump’s ban on travel to the U.S. from seven primarily Muslim nations. The Justice Department on Saturday night alerted a court in Washington state that it’s appealing the judge’s ruling.
The Justice Department is asking a federal appeals court to set aside a judge’s order that temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s travel ban.
The Justice Department has alerted a court in Washington state that it is appealing the judge’s ruling from a day earlier.
The appeal is to be filed Saturday night with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The ruling from U.S. District Judge James Robart temporarily halted a Trump administration executive order that suspended America’s refugee program and halted immigration to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The administration on Saturday moved to suspend enforcement of the travel ban as the Justice Department readied its legal challenge.
President Donald Trump has lashed out at Robart on Twitter, calling him a “so-called judge.”
Visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries affected by President Donald Trump’s travel ban are hurrying to board U.S.-bound flights following a federal judge’s order temporarily blocking the ban.
Those who could travel immediately were being urged to do so Saturday because of uncertainty over whether the Justice Department would be granted an emergency freeze of the order issued Friday.
An immigration lawyer in Djibouti, Africa, said it wasn’t until well after midnight local time that stranded Yemeni citizens with visas at Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport were finally allowed to board planes. Julie Goldberg says about 40 out of 240 people were able to board their Qatar Airways flights.
On Saturday night, the Justice Department asked a federal appeals court to set aside a judge’s order that temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s travel ban.
About 1,000 protesters are holding a rally outside Trump Plaza, a luxury waterfront condo building in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Protesters shouted “We want a leader, not an angry tweeter,” Saturday evening and set up a flag-draped coffin that they said represented the death of democracy.
They’re expected to march two miles to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, where he’s staying this weekend.
Demonstrations were held Saturday in cities around the country including in Denver, Colorado, where thousands gathered for a rally in support of the Muslim community. Participants carried signs, heard speeches, sang and chanted.
In New York City, thousands of LGBT Americans gathered outside the New York City bar where the gay rights movement was born, demanding that the president suspend his immigration ban.
Vice President Mike Pence says he doesn’t believe President Donald Trump’s reference to the “so-called judge” who ordered a stay of his refugee and immigration ban undermines the separation of powers in the Constitution.
Trump turned to Twitter on Saturday to mock U.S. District Judge James Robart as a “so-called judge” and dismiss his ruling as “ridiculous” and one that could allow “many very bad and dangerous people” into the U.S.
In an interview for ABC’s “This Week,” Pence said Robart had the authority to stay Trump’s executive order. But, Pence added, the administration will go through the process in the courts of getting a stay so that Trump’s action can be implemented.
As far as Trump’s reference to the “so-called judge,” Pence tells ABC that “the American people are very accustomed to this president speaking his mind and speaking very straight with them.”
Thousands of LGBT Americans have raged against President Donald Trump outside the New York City bar where the gay rights movement was born. They’re demanding that the president suspend his immigrant ban.
The activists gathered outside the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on a chilly Saturday afternoon, chanting “Resist, resist!”
The president issued an executive order a week ago barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. A judge temporarily blocked the ban on Friday.
Activist Cathy Renna says LGBT Americans have been deeply affected by what she calls “the horrible things Trump has been doing” because their community includes gay Muslim men, immigrants and women hurt by rollbacks on reproductive rights.
In 1969, Stonewall Inn was raided by police, sparking riots.
President Donald Trump is criticizing anew the judge who has suspended enforcement of his refugee and immigration ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Trump’s latest tweet says: “Because the ban was lifted by a judge, many very bad and dangerous people may be pouring into our country. A terrible decision.”
The tweet is one of several Trump has issued since U.S. District Judge James Robart’s Friday ruling, putting a nationwide hold on Trump’s executive order.
The Justice Department says it will challenge Robart’s action, which has led federal agencies to unwind enforcement of Trump’s executive order.
Demonstrators have once again taken to the streets around the country to protest President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Washington demonstrators walked from the White House chanting “No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here.”
Rosalie Kendall, of Virginia, held a sign that read “We can do this every weekend,” referring to the demonstrations. She said people need to stand up and say what they will and won’t tolerate.
Marchers also carried signs in Salt Lake City from the federal building to the state capitol building.
At Los Angeles International Airport, about 150 people gathered in front of the international terminal to protest the ban and other Trump policies. A handful of women in Muslim headscarves chanted: “This is what America looks like.”
German airline Lufthansa is cautioning passengers that rules for travel to the U.S. for people from seven countries could change “at any time.”
The airline told passengers Saturday on its website that a judge had halted the ban on travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. People with those passports and holding a valid visa “are again allowed to travel to the USA.”
The airline’s statement warns that “short notice changes to the immigration regulations may occur at any time. ”
The airline said the final decision regarding immigration lies with the US authorities.
The airline’s hub in Frankfurt is a major transit point for international travelers heading to the US.
A Yemeni national ended his trip to Turkey to see his fiancee earlier than scheduled for fear he wouldn’t be allowed to return to the United States.
Ammar Alnajjar is a green card holder and student at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis. He said he was in Istanbul visiting his fiancee, who is a citizen of Uzbekistan. Alnajjar moved to USA from Turkey in 2015 to escape civil war.
When he heard a U.S. district judge put a nationwide hold on President Donald Trump’s travel ban Friday night, he paid $1,000 to return immediately to the states. He said he was held for about an hour for questioning at JFK and his phone and email were checked.
Alnajjar called Trump a racist and says he broke his future.
Some airlines are honoring the temporary halt on President Donald Trump’s travel ban but some immigrants are still having trouble boarding planes to the United States.
Royal Jordanian is resuming flights from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Iran and Somalia to the US as long as people present valid visas or green cards.
But an immigration lawyer in Djibouti, Africa, wasn’t having much luck Saturday arranging flights at Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport for stranded Yemeni citizens with visas. Julie Goldberg said she was told by a Qatar Airways representative and Turkish Airlines supervisor that immigrants from those seven countries are still not being allowed to fly.
One person who finally was allowed to board was a 12-year-old Yemeni girl whose family are U.S. citizens. She is flying with her father.
A Somali refugee says about 140 refugees whose resettlement in the United States was blocked by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration have been sent back to their refugee camp.
Nadir Hassan says the group of Somali refugees was relocated to Dadaab camp in eastern Kenya on Saturday. They had been expected to settle in the U.S. this week and had been staying at an International Organization for Migration transit center in Nairobi.
It was not immediately clear how a new U.S. court order blocking Trump’s ban on travelers and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries would affect the group of Somali refugees.
Organization officials could not be reached for comment.
Hassan said he was hoping to start a new life in the U.S.
The Homeland Security Department says it’s no longer directing airlines to prevent visa-holders affected by President Donald Trump’s executive order from boarding U.S.-bound planes.
That word follows a State Department announcement that it had reversed the cancellations of visas for foreigners after a federal judge put on hold Trump order on immigration. The department had said up to 60,000 foreigners had their visas “provisionally revoked” to comply with Trump’s order.
The two departments have not suspended enforcement of the president’s order as the administration promises a legal appeal to the judge’s ruling.
Homeland Security says it has “suspended any and all actions” related to putting in place the terms of Trump’s order.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says his company is buying plane tickets for stranded drivers now that a federal judge has put a hold on President Trump’s ban on travel to the United States by migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Kalanick tweeted Friday night that the head of litigation for the ride-hailing app is “buying a whole bunch of airline tickets ASAP!”
U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle put a nationwide hold on Trump’s executive order Friday night.
It’s not clear whether the ruling means that people from the affected countries will immediately start flying to the United States.
Trump tweeted Saturday that the ruling “is ridiculous and will be overturned!”
Kalanick quit Trump’s council of business advisers Thursday.
The State Department says it’s reversed the cancellations of visas for foreigners after a federal judge put on hold President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.
The department had said up to 60,000 foreigners from seven majority-Muslim countries had their visas “provisionally revoked” to comply with Trump’s order blocking them from traveling to the United States.
The department says it acted to reinstate the visas after getting word from the Justice Department about the judge’s ruling Friday in Washington state.
For now, the department says people covered by the order and holding a valid visa may now travel to the United States.
Seventy-two Iranian professors in Sharif University of Technology, one of the most reliable universities in Iran, have requested in a letter to the Iranian government to react in a different way to Trump’s “improper action” on the visa ban.
They proposed to President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif allow U.S. citizens come to Iran without obtaining a tourist visa and related formalities in the country and to issue visas for them at the Iran’s airport with two-weeks validity during the next 90 days.
They said that Americans can see the hospitality and goodwill of Iranians for themselves.
The Middle East’s biggest airline has joined its smaller Gulf rivals in confirming passengers from seven previously banned countries would be allowed to travel to the United States.
Dubai-based Emirates said in a statement Saturday that under the direction of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen holding valid visas or green cards could fly to the U.S. It says all refugees with visas would also be allowed to fly.
It cautioned that “entry requirements to the U.S. may change, and Emirates will continue to comply with guidance provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”
Emirates offers daily flights from Dubai to several U.S. cities. Its rivals Qatar Airways and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways issued similar guidance to passengers earlier Saturday.
An Iraqi official at Baghdad international airport says the travel terminal was particularly crowded Saturday following news that U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Iraqis and six other majority Muslim nations was blocked by a federal judge’s ruling.
Haider al-Rubaie, an official with the state-run Iraqi airways said flights from Baghdad to Dubai, Istanbul and Cairo were booked solid Saturday afternoon. While there are no direct flights to the US from Baghdad, al-Rubaie said many of the passengers were holding transit tickets to the US.
Iraqi member of parliament Ibrahim Bahr Uloom praised the U.S. judge who ruled against Trump’s ban and admonished the Iraqi leaders who were unable to achieve the same ends through diplomatic channels.
“The U.S. justice system is better than Iraqi diplomacy,” he said. “Today we thank the American judiciary.”
In Egypt, Cairo airport and airlines officials say they have received instructions from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to suspend President Trump’s executive order to ban travel to the United States by migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries: Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya and Yemen.
They say on Saturday there have not been any U.S.-bound migrants from those countries going through Egyptian airports since a federal judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump’s ban on admitting travelers from the seven countries or any refugees.
President Donald Trump isn’t happy that a federal judge has put on hold his executive order that applies to refugees and people from seven predominantly Muslim countries who want to enter the United States.
The White House has promised a quick appeal and Trump has taken to Twitter to vent his frustration with the ruling.
He says “the opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”
Trump also tweets that “when a country is no longer able to say who can and who cannot come in & out, especially for reasons of safety & security — big trouble!”
Etihad Airways says it will begin accepting U.S.-bound passengers from the seven previously banned countries this week.
The United Arab Emirates’ national carrier said Saturday its decision follows guidance from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection unit at its hub in Abu Dhabi.
The airline says it is monitoring developments in the U.S. and that passengers will be subject to screening measures in place before Trump’s executive order was issued.
U.S. border officials stationed in Abu Dhabi carry out passport and customs screenings before passengers board U.S.-bound flights under an existing pre-screening program.
The U.S. embassy in Baghdad says they are still awaiting guidance following news of a court order blocking President Trump’s ban on travelers from Iraq and six other predominantly Muslim countries.
“We don’t know what the effect will be, but we’re working to get more information,” the embassy told The Associated Press in a statement, adding that embassy staffers have received a large number of phone calls and inquiries from Iraqis eager to see if the visa restrictions had changed.
Iraq’s government spokesman says the prime minister’s office is also waiting for the “official position of the U.S. administration.”
In a largely symbolic move, the Iraqi parliament called for a reciprocity measure last week increasing pressure on the country’s government as it attempts to balance Iraq’s alliance with the U.S. and powerful Iraqi political blocks with close ties to Iran.
Qatar Airways has issued an advisory to passengers saying citizens of the seven Muslim-majority countries previously barred from entry who hold a valid U.S. visa or green card will be allowed to travel to the U.S.
The airline cited a directive by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Government-backed Qatar Airways is one of a handful of Mideast airlines operating direct daily flights to multiple American cities. Like other Gulf carriers, many of its customers are transit passengers whose journeys originated elsewhere.
Its U.S. destinations from its Doha hub include New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington.
3 a.m. Cairo
Foreign airlines operating in Iran have instructed travel agencies not to sell U.S.-bound flight tickets to Iranians holding U.S. visas in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning visas for seven Muslim countries, including Iran.
The move comes even though a U.S. judge on Friday temporarily blocked the ban, siding with two states that urged a nationwide hold on the executive order that has launched legal battles across the country.
The directive does not come from U.S. airlines.
In Tehran, the Kowsar travel agency told The Associated Press they had been instructed by foreign airlines not to sell tickets to Iranians with visas to enter the U.S.
The agency said there was no problem for those who have a permanent resident card or a U.S. passport.