Boston Federal Judge Blocks Immigration Order

  • Judge directs Logan airport customs officials to allow entry
  • Ruling limited to Boston area adds to those curbing decree

President Donald Trump’s order halting immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations was curbed by a Boston federal judge, who directed customs officials at the city’s Logan International Airport to allow passengers from those countries with valid visas to deplane there and go on their way.

“Customs and Border Protection shall notify airlines that flights arriving at Logan Airport of this order and the fact that individuals on these flights will not be detained or returned based solely on the basis of the executive order,” U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs said in a ruling signed by her earlier today and co-signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Gail Dein.

The order is to remain in effect for seven days, during which time the court will schedule a hearing to consider the legal challenge filed late Saturday by three people challenging the new president’s edict. The Boston ruling is at least the fourth to curb that executive order.

Signed on Jan. 27, the Trump order stranded students, refugees and dual citizens overseas and at airports across the U.S. prompting protests in New York, Chicago and elsewhere. Some businesses have warned employees from those countries not to risk leaving the U.S.

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