Massachusetts judge won’t renew order halting Trump travel ban: reports

A federal judge in Boston on Friday refused to extend a restraining order against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive 'con game' with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign MORE’s executive order blocking entry to the U.S. by people from seven majority-Muslim nations, according to multiple reports. 

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The block on implementing Trump’s executive order in Massachusetts began last Sunday and is now slated to expire on Feb. 5, CNN said Friday.

U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton issued a 21-page ruling stating that lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had not demonstrated the need for extending the restraining order, The Boston Globe reported. 

Gorton added he was not deciding the case’s merits, but merely letting the temporary pause expire.

Federal judges in multiple states greeted Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees last week by barring the removal of legal permanent residents.

CNN noted that the Boston order also prohibited the removal of visa holders who had arrived in the U.S. and were detained or flown out of America.

Religious groups, state attorneys general, residents and visitors to the U.S. have filed more than 50 lawsuits challenging Trump since he issued his controversial directive a week ago.

Lawsuits have been filed at U.S. district courts in 14 states.

The legal challenges range from those questioning the detention of specific individuals to others focused on the order's impact on Muslims in general.

Democratic state attorneys general in Virginia and Washington have also accused the order of negatively impacting their jurisdiction’s businesses and educational institutions.

Trump’s order imposed a 90-day freeze on visitors from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The measure also banned general refugee admissions into the U.S. for 120 days, adding an indefinite pause on Syrian refugees due to Syria’s ongoing civil war.

Trump’s decision has sparked global debate, with Democrats and human rights organizations calling it unconstitutional and biased against Muslims.

The president has rejected those assertions, countering that his order protects national security by preventing radical Islamic terrorism in the U.S.