A federal judge blocked part of President Trump’s executive order on immigration on Saturday evening, ordering that refugees and others trapped at airports across the United States should not be sent back to their home countries.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit early on Saturday in response to the order.
The judge’s stay prevents those “caught up” in the aftermath from being deported, the ACLU said.
In Atlanta, at least five metro Atlanta residents returning home from visits to family in Iran were held for hours by federal immigration authorities as a result of the order Trump’s signed late Friday.
It bars all refugees and citizens of seven Muslim countries from entering the country.
The court has set a date to hear the case for the end of February.