>> The court has reviewed the motion.>> A federal judge in Seattle partially blocked President Donald Trump's newest restrictions on refugee admissions. The decision on Saturday is the first judicial ruling since the Trump administration in October put new curbs in place that significantly cut the number of refugees entering the US.
Those rules effectively halted admissions from 11 countries. A Reuters review of State Department data showed admissions from those countries plummeted after the rules were announced. But the judge in Seattle ruled that the US must continue to admit refugee applicants who can show, quote, bona fide connections to the US.
The judge also ordered the government restart a program allowing for family reunifications. Refugee groups praised the decision. Lawyers for the government argued that the President has broad legal authority to determine who can enter the US.>> I find that the court should and will grant the temporary restraining order.
>> The Seattle judge who against parts of the latest refugee restrictions is the same one who last February temporarily blocked the President's first travel ban.>> And this is the protection of the nation from foreign terrorist entry.>> Trump at the time responded on Twitter calling him a so called judge.
One of the president’s first executive orders temporarily halted travel to the US from seven nations in the Middle East and North Africa and halted all refugee admissions pending what the administration called was a review. Citing national security concerns.>> Let them out, let them out.>> The order provoked a massive wave of protests at US airports and was repeatedly challenge in court.
The White House has revised the order several times over the course of 2017.