Saturday, February 4, 2017

Borders Reopen to Banned Visa Holders; Trump Attacks Judge

By Mark Landler, New York Times
February 4, 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A day after a federal judge temporarily blocked President Trump’s immigration order, the nation’s borders were open on Saturday to visa holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries. But there was an air of uncertainty at major travel hubs around the world as the White House vowed to quickly seek an emergency stay of the ruling.

On another day of chaotic developments over the week-old order, the State Department reversed its cancellation of visas for people from the affected countries and restarted efforts to settle refugees, small numbers of travelers began venturing to airports to try to fly to the United States, and Mr. Trump mounted a harsh personal attack on the judge.

In an early-morning Twitter post from his waterfront Florida resort, where he is spending the first getaway weekend of his presidency, Mr. Trump wrote, “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”[...]

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