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A federal judge has issued an emergency stay for valid visa holders to stay in the US

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UPDATE 10:07 a.m.: Trump tweeted on the subject again a few hours later.

UPDATE Jan. 29 8:24 a.m.

President Trump doubled down on his immigration ban that has sparked protests across the U.S., saying, "Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW" in a Sunday morning tweet. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

A U.S. District Court Judge has granted an emergency stay that will temporarily allow valid visa holders who have already landed in the US, including those en route, to stay, CNBC reported. The legal order may impact between 100 and 200 people detained or en route to U.S. airports.

Judge Ann Donnelly issued the injunction after an emergency hearing in Brooklyn on Saturday night, according to Politico.

Lee Gelernt, the deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrations' Rights Project, argued the case.

“This ruling preserves the status quo and ensures that people who have been granted permission to be in this country are not illegally removed off U.S. soil.”


News of the emergency stay arrived just hours after the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups filed a class action lawsuit on Saturday in defiance of President Trump's executive orders on immigration.

The federal judge's decision doesn't revoke all of Trump's immigration ban. It simply has overturned one component of the executive order, which called to ban refugees from seven predominantly Muslim nations, including Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, according to CNN.

The ACLU claimed victory.

ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero exits the court after the hearing.

Romero said in response to the hearing, “Clearly the judge understood the possibility for irreparable harm to hundreds of immigrants and lawful visitors to this country. Our courts today worked as they should as bulwarks against government abuse or unconstitutional policies and orders. On week one, Donald Trump suffered his first loss in court.”

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