Timeline of Washington v. Trump
* Jan. 27, 2017: Trump signs executive order to ban refugees, visa holders, and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.
* Jan. 30, 2017: The state of Washington filed a challenge to the executive order in federal court. The state argued that Trump’s Muslim and refugee travel ban “unconstitutionally and illegally stranded its residents abroad, split their families, restricted their travel, and damaged the state’s economy and public universities in violation of the First and Fifth Amendments, the INA, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act.”
* Feb. 1, 2017: The state of Minnesota was added as a plaintiff to the state of Washington’s lawsuit.
* Feb. 3, 2017: Judge James Robart of the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington in Seattle granted a temporary restraining order applicable nationwide. Robart ruled that “the Executive Order adversely affects the States’ residents in areas of employment, education, business, family relations, and freedom to travel.” He found that “the States themselves are harmed by the virtue of the damage that implementation of the Executive Order has inflicted upon the operations and missions of their public universities and other institutions of higher learning, as well as injury to the States’ operations, tax bases, and public funds. These harms are significant and ongoing.”
* Feb. 4, 2017: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government’s emergency request to stay Robart’s temporary restraining order pending a hearing.
* Feb. 7, 2017: Oral arguments held before the Ninth Circuit.
* Feb. 9, 2017: Ninth Circuit Court voted 3 to 0 to deny the government’s request for a stay of the district court’s temporary restraining order. In response to the appeals court’s unanimous decision, President Donald Trump tweeted, “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!”