A federal judge in Washington state declared Friday that he would temporarily block enforcement of President Trump’s controversial ban on entry to the United States — a ruling that appears to be broader than others before it, though the precise details have yet to be revealed.
Judge James L. Robart granted a request from lawyers for the state of Washington who had asked him to stop the government from acting on critical sections of Trump’s executive order. The order bars from entering the United States citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries as well as refugees and others. Meanwhile, Justice and State department officials revealed Friday that about 60,000 — and possibly as many as 100,000 — visas already have been revoked as a result of Trump’s order.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson hailed the case as “the first of its kind” and declared that it “shuts down the executive order immediately.” …