President Trump doubled-down on his online criticism of Judge James Robart on Sunday, saying the federal judge and the court would be to blame "if something happens".
The State Department and Homeland Security acted swiftly to the suspension of the travel ban and all valid visas that were cancelled after the initial executive order were reinstated.
The hearing was one of a series of legal challenges to the measure the new Republican president signed last week, which blocked people holding passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Some travelers overseas were turned back from flights into the United States, crowds of hundreds of people packed into arrival areas to protest and legal objections were filed across the country.
In court, Washington Solicitor General Noah Purcell said the focus of the state's legal challenge was the way the President's order targeted Islam. On Friday, a federal judge in MA sided with the Trump administration.
"At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate".
The panel that will decide whether to immediately block the ruling includes three judges appointed by former Republican president George W. Bush and two former Democratic presidents, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. "You're here arguing we have to protect from these individuals from these countries, and there's no support for that". The order barred citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days, all refugees for 120 days and refugees from Syria indefinitely.
According to a State official, the department Saturday has "reversed the provisional revocation of visas".
The State Department is also following similar procedural actions.
Amazon and Expedia, both based in Washington state, also argued the restrictions were harming their businesses.
I have said from the beginning: "it is not the loudest voice that prevails in the courtroom, it is the Constitution, and that's what we heard from Judge Robart today".