A federal judge in Seattle on Monday ordered the Trump administration to stop enforcing President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban, a decision that could lead to a legal showdown with the president and a showdown in the courts.
In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Seattle, lawyers for the state and federal governments argue the president can’t stop the travel ban as the courts have held in recent years.
The judge ordered the government to stop its implementation until a lawsuit is filed.
The federal judge, James Robart, wrote in his order that the Trump ban, which bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States and bars entry of foreign nationals from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya and Somalia, violates the separation of powers doctrine.
It also violates the constitutional requirement that the president be given notice of his decisions, Robart wrote.
Trump issued the executive order on March 6 and said he was rescinding the order in a statement after Robart’s order.
The ban has since been blocked by the courts, with a federal judge ruling that the executive action was unconstitutional.
The White House has said the executive orders are not subject to legal review by the Supreme Court.
The White House is appealing Robart and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which issued the order.