Madison judge exempts Syrian family from Trump travel ban

Ban goes into effect March 16
Posted at 10:52 AM, Mar 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-11 11:52:20-05

MADISON, Wis. (AP) --  A federal judge in Madison has issued an order temporarily blocking President Donald Trump's administration from enforcing his new travel ban against a Syrian family trying to reach Wisconsin.

A Syrian man filed a complaint in federal court in Madison on Friday alleging the travel ban is unconstitutional and will prevent his family from leaving Aleppo and joining him in Wisconsin. The man had challenged Trump's first travel order as well but U.S. District Judge William Conley had put the lawsuit aside after a federal judge in Washington state blocked that the Trump ban in February.

Hours after the man filed his new complaint Conley issued a temporary restraining order barring Trump's administration from enforcing the ban against the man's family, saying the family is in danger. The ban doesn't go into effect until March 16 but the family is preparing to travel to Jordan for visa interviews at the U.S. embassy and the process could stretch beyond the ban's effective date.

A U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message Friday.

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