Photo: Carol Rose, ACLU of Massachusetts executive director, spoke with reporters about a hearing on our legal challenge to President Trump's Muslim travel ban, February 3, 2017, in Boston.
The ACLU of Massachusetts believes that the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued in Boston last Sunday, January 29, 2017, by Judge Allison Burroughs and Magistrate Judge Dein to block President Trump’s Muslim travel ban remains in effect until Monday night at 11:59pm.
Though Judge Nathaniel Gorton on Friday did not extend the seven-day TRO, under Rule 6(a)(1)(C) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, when a period of time is stated in days, "if the last day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the period continues to run until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.” Since the TRO was issued on a Sunday, the seven-day order remains in effect until 11:59pm on Monday, February 6, 2017.
Another ruling on Friday from Seattle provides additional protection, nationwide, for those trying to travel to the United States, but travelers and their family, friends, employers, and others are advised to monitor the rapidly evolving situation closely, and consider making needed trips or returns to the United States as early as possible.
Legal advisors will be available at Boston’s Logan airport for passengers on all international arriving flights known to be boarding passengers previously affected by the travel ban. Those seeking more information may also use the following phone number and email address, which are being staffed 24/7 by attorneys: +1-617-903-8943, [email protected].
“These rulings are not just about laws; they are about lives,” said Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts. “The ACLU of Massachusetts is proud that our urgent work last weekend — along with the Attorney General’s Office — caused the Trump Administration to halt efforts to apply it to green card holders. While we also applaud the announcement that the State Department has reinstated the visas that had been provisionally revoked in response to the executive order, thousands continue to have their constitutional rights violated by the continuation of this executive order. The ACLU of Massachusetts remains deeply committed to protecting freedoms of all Massachusetts citizens – and challenging any actions we believe to be illegal, unconstitutional and dangerous. We will continue to work every day in the courts, in the state legislature, and in our communities to defend and preserve liberty and justice for all.”