LA federal court grants temporary restraining order to stop Trump's travel ban

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A Los Angeles federal court has granted a temporary restraining order that stops enforcement of President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban.

The order, which came down Tuesday night, states that the U.S. government cannot cancel a validly obtained immigrant visa, must return passports that are being held and allow plaintiffs to travel to Los Angeles International Airport.

The order issued by Judge Andre Birotte Jr. is temporary.

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It was unclear whether the order will have any effect. The State Department ordered all visas from the seven countries revoked on Friday, and the government has maintained that orders similar to Birotte's do not apply because the visas are no longer valid.

Lawyers are expected to be back in court on Feb. 10.

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Trump's travel ban sparked outcry throughout the country, including at the Los Angeles International Airport where 3,000 protesters demonstrated over the weekend, causing major disruptions to those entering and leaving the airport.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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