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Boston judges temporarily block Trump edict on immigration

From left to right, attorneys Susan Church, Heather Yountz, Matthew Segal, and Kerry Doyle addressed the media following a late night hearing at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston. Aram Boghosian / The Boston Globe

In a rare middle-of-the night decision, two federal judges in Boston temporarily halted President Trump’s executive order blocking immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.

At 1:51 a.m., Judge Allison Burroughs and Magistrate Judge Judith Dein imposed a seven-day restraining order against Trump’s executive order, clearing the way for lawful immigrants from the seven barred nations – Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Syria – to enter the US.

“It’s a great victory today,” said Susan Church, a lawyer who argued the case in court. “What’s most important about today is this is what makes America great, the fact that we have the rule of law.”

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