On 3 February, a federal judge, James Robart, in Washington state temporarily blocked enforcement of President Donald Trump's controversial ban on entry to the United States.
Responding to the temporary halt on the executive order on immigration, the White House said the development was "outrageous" and stated that the Justice Department will file an emergency request to stop it.
"The president's order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people," the White House said.
The CNN reported that the White House immediately released another statement that had the same wording but removed the word "outrageous."
"At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate. The president's order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.
"As the law states, 'Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate,' " the statement continued.
Trump's executive order that he signed last week suspended immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, the US refugee program for 120 days and indefinitely halted Syrian refugees from entering the US.
--With ANI inputs