Federal judge partially blocks Trump's latest refugee restrictions

A federal judge in Seattle partially blocked U.S. President Donald Trump's newest restrictions on refugee admissions on Saturday, the latest legal defeat for his administration's efforts to curtail immigration and travel to the United States.

On Oct. 24, the Trump administration effectively paused refugee admissions from 11 countries mostly in the Middle East and Africa, pending a 90-day security review, which was set to expire in late January.

The countries subject to the review are Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, which together accounted for more than 40 percent of refugee admissions to the United States in each of the last three fiscal years.

The Trump administration also paused a program that allowed for family reunification for refugees, pending further security screening procedures being put into place.

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Refugees and groups that assist them sued in order to win a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the new restrictions.

U.S. District Judge James Robart said in a ruling issued on Saturday evening that the administration is blocked from suspending the family refugee reunification program.

Further, the administration cannot block the entry of refugees from the 11 countries, as long as they have a "bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," Robart wrote.

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My name is Carl Simon. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Sobibor https://t.co/B7f3lvWAts
My name is Fritz Joseph. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Auschwitz
My name is Brigitte Joseph. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Auschwitz
My name is Frieda Joseph. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Auschwitz
My name is Justin Isner. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Auschwitz
My name is Ilse Karliner. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Auschwitz https://t.co/qkD7dP4pbt
My name is Max Hammerschlag. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Leitmeritz
My name is Bertha Ellen Grünthal. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Auschwitz https://t.co/PyMnWXdpiW
My name is Margot Hirsch. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Auschwitz https://t.co/uwMRFqxOya
My name is Jakob Köppel. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at France https://t.co/j46MM897gQ
My name is Amalie Herz. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Belgium
My name is Dorothea Heymann. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Auschwitz
My name is Josef Köppel. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Auschwitz https://t.co/qREiM2XwnN
My name is Julius Hermanns. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Auschwitz https://t.co/A4nmdb8ho3
My name is Ruthild Grünthal. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Theresienstadt https://t.co/pxYclNerap
My name is Horst-Martin Grünthal. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Auschwitz https://t.co/Xh1oZCtJak
My name is Kurt Stein. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Auschwitz https://t.co/iXeW5SGECu
My name is Ina Finkelstein. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Sobibor
My name is Manfred Fink. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Bergen-Belsen https://t.co/2LFnB5yp3n
My name is Alex Goldschmidt. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Auschwitz https://t.co/80HlGGNiO1
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