Detroit federal judge cancels hearing on travel ban

Jennifer Chambers

A Detroit judge canceled a Monday court hearing that was to discuss a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s travel ban from a Dearborn civil rights organization.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts issued a brief order on Friday canceling the hearing in the case of the Arab American Civil Rights League in Dearborn, which sued Trump and federal officials on Jan. 31 over the administration’s controversial executive order.

The order, issued by the White House on Jan. 27, had called for a 90-day halt on immigration from the predominantly Muslim nations of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Roberts did not state why she canceled the hearing, but court spokesman David Ashenfelter said in a statement the hearing was canceled in light of three developments:

AACRL’s motion to withdraw its request for a restraining order in the case

Roberts’ Feb. 3 permanent injunction that dealt with green card holders

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ opinion issued Thursday that lawful permanent residents and immigrant visa holders nationwide are protected by a lower court ruling.

Monday’s hearing before Roberts was to consider whether to enjoin the United States from applying the executive order against two individual plaintiffs, a Syrian national who was issued a visa on Jan. 22 to enter the United States as a lawful permanent resident, and a 9-year-old from Yemen who is the son of a U.S. citizen but was denied a visa, court officials said.