The federal court for the Eastern District of New York issued an emergency stay, temporarily allowing people who have landed in the US with valid visas to stay in the country.
The court ruled on a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Sameer Abdulkhaleq, who were denied entry to the US after landing at JFK airport in New York City and detained by Customs and Border Patrol.
A US Federal Court has granted an emegrnecy stay for people currently detained in US airports
Some legal experts have argued the order is unconstitutional.
The ACLU estimates the stay will affect 100 to 200 people detained at US airports or in transit, but government lawyers have not confirmed the figure.
Lee Relearnt, deputy legal director of the Immigrants Rights Project, presented the case in court and was greeted to cheers from crowds waiting outside.
He told the crowd: “The judge, in a nutshell, saw through what the government was doing and gave us what we wanted, which was to block the Trum order and not allow the government to remove anybody who has come and is caught up in the order, nationwide.”
Protests were held in response to the President's executive order.
Crowds cheered outside the court after the ruling was made
The ruling was given by Judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York during a hearing called in response to the President’s executive order, blocking people from seven majority-Muslim countries entering the US and putting a temporary halt to refugee admissions.
US Customs and Border Protection has denied more than 170 people entry to the US as of Saturday night, according to officials at the Department of Homeland Security.
Bizarrely, reports claim US officials have told airline trade group IATA that the visitor ban also extends to flight crews.
Trump's vow to enact a "complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the US in 2015 sparked outrage.In a seperate turn of events, President Trump earlier agreed in a phone call with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull to accept a large number of refugees from Australia.This comes as an increasing number of US tech giants speak out against Trump's executive order.Firms including Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have come out against the move.
Protestors have gathered for the second weekend in a row against the President.
According to reports, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to staff: “We’re upset about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the US.
“It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues.”
Trump's former rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, also tweeted her support for the action being taken against his policy.
Hillary Clinton tweeted her support of the action today.
She wrote: "I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution. This is not who we are."
A senior Homeland Security officer has said authorities are carefully monitoring the litigation on Trump's executive order, but they had not yet seen a copy of the emergency stay issued by the judge.
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The officer added authorities would implement any appropriate orders accordingly.
Express.co.uk has contacted the White House for comment.