Syrian Refugee Family Wins Exemption From New Trump Travel Ban

A Wisconsin resident won a temporary exemption from President Donald Trump’s new travel ban in what may be the first defeat for the administration after revising its immigration restrictions following earlier court losses.

A Syrian man was allowed to apply for asylum for his family under a court order by U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison, Wisconsin. The judge ruled within hours of the man’s request Friday for a temporary restraining order, saying the man “is at great risk of suffering irreparable harm” if the request is denied.

“The court appreciates that there may be important differences between the original executive order, and the revised executive order," the judge said, mentioning court rulings in a case brought by the states of Washington and Minnesota that blacked Trump’s original order. “Given the daily threat to the lives of the plaintiff’s wife and child remaining in Aleppo, Syria, the court further finds a significant risk of irreparable harm."

The plaintiff has at least some chance of prevailing when a longer-term order is considered later, the judge said. The judge said the risk of harm to the man’s family outweighed government arguments that the travel restrictions might not even apply to them.

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