State department reverses visa cancellations; Homeland Security tells airlines they can board passengers

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson Holds News Conference
Patrick Wicklund stands outside the U.S. District Court of Western Washington on Friday in Seattle. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a state lawsuit challenging key sections of President Trump's immigration order.
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Updated: 11 a.m. | Posted 6:52 a.m.

The Homeland Security Department says it's no longer directing airlines to prevent visa-holders affected by President Donald Trump's executive order from boarding U.S.-bound planes.

That word follows a State Department announcement that it had reversed the cancellations of visas for foreigners after a federal judge put on hold a Trump order on immigration. The department had said up to 60,000 foreigners had their visas "provisionally revoked" to comply with Trump's order.

The two departments have not suspended enforcement of the president's order as the administration promises a legal appeal to the judge's ruling.

The State Department said it acted to reinstate the visas after getting word from the Justice Department about the judge's ruling Friday in Washington state.

For now, the department says people covered by the order and holding a valid visa may now travel to the United States.

Homeland Security says it has "suspended any and all actions" related to putting in place the terms of Trump's order.

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