Visa holders rush to board flights to US amid reprieve

CHICAGO — Visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries affected by President Donald Trump’s travel ban hurried to board U.S.-bound flights Saturday, fearing they might have only a slim window through which to enter the country after a federal judge temporarily blocked the ban.

Those who could travel immediately were being urged to do so because of uncertainty over whether the Justice Department would be granted an emergency freeze of the order issued Friday by U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle. The government on Saturday suspended enforcement of the week-old ban as it scurried to appeal Robart’s order.

On Saturday night, the Justice Department asked 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 with the 9th U.S. 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 U.S. District…

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