Two LA Judges Halt Immigration Orders

Two federal judges in Los Angeles have issued temporary restraining orders to block enforcement of President Trump’s immigration restrictions enacted by executive order last weekend.

One order issued Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Andre Birotte involves a number of people in Yemen with valid visas who were prohibited from boarding a flight to LAX.

The second case and order relates to a man who was prevented from entering the U.S. at L.A.X. and was deported to Iran by way of Dubai, according to court documents made public Wednesday.

Both orders contain broad language directing immigration authorities to halt enforcement of the executive actions, and in the second case of the deportation the judge said it’s likely the, “removal violates the Establishment Clause, the Immigration and Nationality Act, and his rights to Equal Protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution.” 

Attorneys for the plaintiffs in Los Angeles and New York did not immediately return calls.

Hearings on the cases were set for next week.

-- Eric Leonard (@LeonardFiles)

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