Trump travel order dealt first court setback

U.S. President Donald J. Trump speaks as Representative Greg Walden (R), the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (L), look on during a discussion on healthcare in the Roosevelt room of the White House on March 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Pool photo by Olivier Douliery/UPI

March 11 (UPI) — The Trump administration’s revised travel restrictions for six majority-Muslim countries was dealt its first blow in federal court after a Wisconsin judge ruled in favor of a Syrian refugee seeking to bring his wife and young daughter to the United States.

Wisconsin District Judge William Conley issued a temporary restraining order barring Trump’s revised executive order from taking effect for the Syrian man, identified in court documents only as “John Doe.” The plaintiff has already been granted political asylum and is living in the country. He is seeking to bring his wife and their 3-year-old child over from war-torn Aleppo, Syria, a city home to the worst fighting in the country’s years-log civil war.

“The court concludes that plaintiff has presented some likelihood of success on the merits and that he is at great risk of suffering irreparable harm if a temporary restraining order is denied,” Conley wrote.

The decision has no wider ramifications for the fate of Trump’s revised executive order banning entry from six Muslim countries.

Syria is one of the countries included in the ban, which is scheduled to go into effect at midnight Wednesday.

Several other broader challenges to its implementation are expected to play out in federal courts across the country in the coming days.


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