>> Fight back, stand up, fight back!>> A US federal judge in Seattle on Friday temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's action barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. It's the broadest ruling so far against Trump's directive. And shortly after the ruling US Customs and Border Protection told airlines to board travelers affected by the ban.
However, the White House saying late Friday, it believed the ban to be quote lawful and appropriate and said the Justice Department would file an emergency motion to stop the judge's order from taking effect. The challenge was brought by the State of Washington and later joined by Minnesota.>> Folks may not, not everybody may like this decision.
I'm certain the president will not like this decision. But it is his job, it is his responsibility, it is his obligation as our president to honor it. And I'll make sure he does.>> The Seattle judge also ruled that states have legal standing to sue. That could help Democratic attorneys general across the nation take on Trump in court on various other issues.
Attorneys from several other states were also in courts Friday challenging the travel ban. Earlier a federal judge in Boston declined to extend a temporary restraining order that had allowed some immigrants into the US. The Seattle ruling comes after the State Department said nearly 60,000 US entry visas have been revoked in a single week.
Trump's travel ban issued a week ago forced detentions and chaos at airports and sparked angry protests around the country. The government says 109 travelers originally detained at airports have been released. But plaintiff lawyers have insisted the number of people affected by Trump's order is far higher.