US Justice Department appeals judge's immigration ruling

  • 05/02/2017

The US Justice Department is asking a federal appeals court to set aside a judge's order that temporarily blocked the Trump administration's travel ban.

The federal government's request for an emergency stay was filed on Saturday night (local time) with the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

The filing asks the court to lift an order from a day earlier from a judge in Washington state.

The ruling from US District Judge James Robart temporarily halted a Trump administration executive order that suspended America's refugee program and halted immigration to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The administration on Saturday moved to suspend enforcement of the travel ban as the Justice Department readied its legal challenge.

President Donald Trump has lashed out at Robart on Twitter, calling him a "so-called judge".

AAP