Inslee and other officials denounce immigrant ban ‘train wreck’

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee blasted President Donald Trump’s executive order banning people from seven predominantly Muslim nations, and all refugees, as “unjustifiable cruelty,” earlier this week.

After thousands of protesters gathered Saturday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, more than 30 people were arrested and police were forced to deploy pepper spray to break up the crowds expressing their resistance, confusion, and angst.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly in Seattle andUS Judge Ann M. Donnelly in New York blocked deportations resulting from the executive order late in the day, as Sea-Tac became a flashpoint. Government officials, employers, and locals affected by the chaotic implementation of the order struggled to figure out the developing implications.

Early Sunday, two men — from Yemen and the Sudan — who had been detained at Sea-Tac were released following an emergency temporary restraining order prohibiting their deportation issued by U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly at the behest of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

Judge Zilly set a hearing for Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. to determine whether the men will be allowed to stay in the U.S. and asked for extensive briefing from both sides. The order names President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security.