The U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Thursday struck down the president’s executive order banning citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.
The order was issued by the U.N. refugee agency on January 27.
The judge found that the order violated the First Amendment of the Constitution and that Trump’s executive action amounted to an unconstitutional suspension of the nation’s immigration policy.
The ruling is expected to be appealed by the White House.
President Donald Trump signs an executive order to ban citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering America at Mar-a-Lago on February 4, 2018 in Palm Beach, Florida.
Trump signed the order on February 5, but the U,S.
Supreme Court did not immediately act on the ruling.
The president said the order would be put on hold while the court considers the appeal.
Trump’s order temporarily blocked entry to the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Norway.
Trump had also temporarily blocked all refugee arrivals to the U-S.
from Iran, Syria, Iraq and Libya.
The White House has said the president is still in contact with British Prime Minister Theresa May, whose government has said it will appeal the ruling, and other leaders.
Trump has said he would have signed the executive order regardless of the ruling and that he had not received a court ruling on the order.
High Commissioner for Refugees said the ruling was “a clear violation of international law.”
“Today’s decision is a welcome step forward for refugees and asylum-seekers who seek safe haven in the United Nations System,” the agency said in a statement.
Refugee Agency and its staff are grateful for the cooperation of the United State and the countries of the world in this important step toward refugees’ safety.”
Refugee Authority, the UN agency that oversees refugee processing, said in its statement that the ruling “reaffirms that the UN. is committed to assisting all countries to ensure their nationals are not turned away by their governments.”
The ruling comes as the Trump administration is under fire from civil rights groups and religious leaders over its decision to keep refugees from certain countries in the Middle East.
The administration’s temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from Iran and Libya also was blocked by the court.
The Supreme Court has not yet ruled on whether the ban on citizens of the seven countries violates the Constitution.
Trump, who has been criticized for not following through on his campaign promise to build a wall along the southern U.A.E. border with Mexico, has also been criticized by some conservatives for allowing some people to be detained without a trial or even to appear in court.
Trump also has said that some immigrants who were deported under the order will be allowed to reenter the country under a waiver program that is designed to ease some of the financial burden on the U.,S.
Trump says the executive action was necessary to ensure that the country was not admitting “bad actors” to the country.