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Federal judge temporarily halts Trump's travel ban nationwide

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's government moved swiftly Saturday to comply with a federal judge's order halting his immigration ban even as Trump denounced the judge.

The Department of Homeland Security announced it has suspended all actions to implement the immigration order and will resume standard inspections of travelers as it did prior to the signing of the travel ban.

Also, a State Department official told reporters that the department has reversed the cancellation of visas that were provisionally revoked following the President's executive order last week, so long as those visas were not stamped or marked as canceled.

The department transmitted a cable to all posts Saturday instructing them to resume the visa process as they had before the executive order, two senior State Department officials said.

According to officials those whose visas were physically canceled would have to go to an embassy or consulate to have them reinstated, most cancellations were done electronically and reinstated electronically, they said.

The State Department has said fewer than 60,000 visas were revoked since the signing of the order.

It was not immediately clear how many from that group will continue to be without their visas because their visas were physically canceled.

Following the Judge James Robart's ruling, and before the government's announcements Saturday morning the International Air Transportation Association, a worldwide airline industry trade group, cited U.S Customs and Border Protection in telling their members to follow procedures "as if the executive order never existed."

The whirlwind turn of events set up the nation for a second straight weekend of widespread uncertainty over the controversial ban, this time with the administration on defense.

Friday night, the White House announced the Justice Department would file an emergency motion to stop the halt, but it had yet to do so as of Saturday afternoon.

But Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson told reporters Friday night that he was prepared to take his case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.

Trump's order barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries including Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S for 90 days, all refugees for 120 days and indefinitely halts refugees from Syria.

Trump himself, blasted federal judge Robart's personally Saturday morning on twitter, "The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!" Trump tweeted.

Refugee resettlement agencies across the U.S. also welcomed Judge James Robart's ruling.

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