On December 23, a federal judge of the Western District of Washington at Seattle issued a nationwide injunction that prevents the Trump administration from halting or diverting resources from refugee applications brought on behalf of family members of immigrants already in the U.S., also known as the third installment of Trump's "Travel Ban" This addresses lawsuits put forth by The American Civil Liberties Union and Jewish Family Service, which said the ban causes irreparable harm and puts some people at risk. Government lawyers argued that the ban is needed to protect national security.
Judge James Robart wrote that "Congress [..] specified criteria as to who would be excluded from the definition [...] By either prohibiting refugees from [the selected] countries from participating in [the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program] or by grafting on the additional requirement that refugees from [those] countries must also 'fulfill critical foreign policy interests' to qualify, the agencies impermissibly redefine the term 'refugee.'" He also noted that the changes imposed should have been published for notice and comment from the public before they were implemented.
Trump soon took to Twitter, commenting, "The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” In contrast, the lawyer for the International Refugee Assistance Project Mariko Hirose stated, ""This Administration has attacked refugee resettlement since the first issuance of the Muslim ban, leaving vulnerable refugees left in limbo. This ruling brings relief to thousands of refugees in precarious situations in the Middle East and East Africa, as well as to refugees already in the U.S. who are trying to reunite with their spouses and children."
OUR VERDICT: This is a stark reversal against the Trump Administration's win in the Supreme Court, reaffirming the issues put forth in such a ban. Although it doesn't repeal all of the ban, it is certainly a step in the right direction for refugees across the world.