A federal appeals court rejected an appeal by the Justice Department to reinstate President Trump's controversial travel ban early Sunday morning.
The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco said a reply from the Trump administration was due Monday, The New York Times reports.
This means refugees and travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen would be able to enter the U.S.
Judge James L. Robart, a judge in the U.S. district Court for the Western District of Washington who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, put the ban on hold on Friday. The ruling was swiftly appealed, and Trump criticized Robart for making a decision he claimed put Americans in danger.
Sunday's ruling means the state of Washington and the Trump administration must file additional arguments by Monday afternoon.
The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
Trump insisted Robart's ruling would be overturned.
The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart. Bad people are very happy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2017
WATCH | At a Red Cross gala at his South Florida estate on Saturday, Trump said, "For the safety of the country, we'll win [the appeal]."