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a panel of judges in the 9th circuit court of appeals listened to arguments regarding whether president trump's travel ban should remain on hold. usa today network

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the islamic community center in tempe hosts an interfaith event and silent march on feb. 3, 2017, in response to president donald trump's travel ban. ben moffat/azcentral.com

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faith leaders and former refugees comment on president donald trump's executive order on refugees. thomas hawthorne/azcentral.com

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northern arizona university president rita cheng talks about the effect on arizona universities of president donald trump's recent executive order restricting travel by citizens of seven muslim-majority countries. hannah gaber/azcentral.com

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the arab-american ociation hosted a gathering in phoenix to discuss president donald trump's immigration order. patrick breen/azcentral.com

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hundreds showed up to terminal 4 of sky harbor international airport on sunday to voice support for refugees and immigrants and to protest president donald trump's order cracking down on immigration. video by patrick breen/azcentral.com

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demonstrators at sky harbor join protests across the u.s. in response to president donald trump's executive order, signed friday, placing a temporary ban on entrance to the u.s. by people from seven majority-muslim countries. ben moffat/azcentral.com

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ibado mahmud, a somali refugee who resettled in arizona in 1993, talks about president donald trump's decision to temporarily freeze the arrival of all refugees and indefinitely halt the arrival of refugees from syria. tom tingle/azcentral.com

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trump travel ban, refugee banhow executive orders work | 0:59

president trump is wasting no time wielding his presidential pen. here's what you should know about executive orders. usa today network

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  • will trump's travel ban be reinstated after court hearing?

    will trump's travel ban be reinstated after court hearing?

  • 'we're all neighbors'

    'we're all neighbors'

  • faith leaders and former refugees on the refugee ban

    faith leaders and former refugees on the refugee ban

  • nau president talks about travel ban

    nau president talks about travel ban

  • leaders of the phoenix area's arab-american community discuss the immigration ban

    leaders of the phoenix area's arab-american community discuss the immigration ban

  • sunday's immigration ban protest at sky harbor

    sunday's immigration ban protest at sky harbor

  • scenes from sunday's immigration ban protest at sky harbor

    scenes from sunday's immigration ban protest at sky harbor

  • somali refugee on trump executive orders: 'i have no hope'

    somali refugee on trump executive orders: 'i have no hope'

  • how executive orders work

    how executive orders work

a federal judge on friday halted the president's order temporarily blocking people from seven majority-muslim countries from entering the u.s.

islamic community center protest

shana ha an and other demonstrators march on university drive after an interfaith service at the islamic community center in tempe on feb. 3, 2017. the event was held in response to president donald trump's executive actions banning citizens of seven majority-muslim countries from entering the united states.(p o: ben moffat/the republic)

arizonans on urday reacted with a mixture of joy, dismay and fear to news that a federal court judge friday night had halted president donald trump's controversial travel ban. advocates on both sides vowed to continue to fight as the issue a nces through the courts.

family worries

jany deng e to arizona from sudan when he was 16.

jany deng e to arizona from sudan when he was 16. he said despite the court ruling blocking president donald trump's travel ban, he is still worried about his family.

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jany deng was still sleeping when he heard his phone. it was a text, just a few words from a friend, telling him a judge had lifted a ban on travel to the u.s.

deng was 16 in 1995 when he escaped war from his home country of what is now south sudan. a phoenix family sponsored the teenager’s refugee application. arizona families accepted thousands of “lost boys,” the name given to the displaced south sudanese children who fled their villages amid war.

related: arizona 'lost boy' gives back, and you can see it

lately, deng’s life has revolved around watching the news about refugees and immigrants.

trump on jan. 27 signed the executive order, which sought to block people from seven majority-muslim countries, including sudan, from entering the united states for a 120-day period. friday night, u.s. district senior judge james robart of seattle issued a nationwide restraining order blocking the order.

related: trump's immigration ban: how we ended up back where we were 9 days ago ... for now

deng said he hopes the judge's order is a sign that things will change.

“you have to recognize something good happened and you have to celebrate that,” he said. “it’s a positive for those people who are stuck, who are worried about what will happen to them.”

deng is still worried. he spoke by phone with his brother early urday. they talked about his brother’s children, the nephews and nieces deng has been trying to bring to safety in arizona.

“he told me, ‘we were just hoping for them to go with you, but now, because of what your president is doing, it’s just destroying everybody’s hope all over the world,’ ” deng said.

deng be e an american citizen in 2005. he counts the day among his proudest moments. he is struggling to understand the shift in some americans’ attitudes toward refugees.

“america, that’s the country everybody looks up to, now people are losing hope,” he said. “it’s very sad. we should be welcoming them, we should be saying, ‘let’s save your life.' ”

some lawmakers disappointed

rep. john kavanagh, r-fountain hills, said he supported trump's executive order as a means of protection and said the temporary halt of visitors from select countries would have given lawmakers the opportunity to examine the federal vetting process. he said he was disappointed and worried about the court ruling.

"the order was meant to protect our country from improperly vetted refugees," he said. "if the (court) order stands, the country will be less safe. ... if we are to do anything we should err on the side of safety."

sen. steve smith, r-maricopa, said he supported trump's executive order as a means of protection for u.s. citizens. he said it aimed to properly vet travelers and denied it was a "ban on muslims." he said he disagreed with attempts to delay or abolish it.

"i think (the executive order) means to protect the people of our country," smith said. "ensuring safety is my job and the job of any other elected official."

white house press secretary sean spicer released a statement saying the department of justice would appeal the decision as the president aimed to "protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the american people."

steve kilar, a spokesman for the american civil liberties union of arizona, said in a written statement to the arizona republic that the washington ruling is merely one step in the long process.

"the courts are rightly acting as a check on the president and his unconstitutional ban targeting muslims. we've now seen several members of the independent federal judiciary put a temporary halt on portions of the executive order, relieving many people from unfair and unnecessary travel restrictions," kilar said. "there will be more litigation to come before this ban is permanently reversed, including from the aclu, but for right now we're glad that the chaos and confusion caused by this ill-conceived and unlawful order is easing."

demonstrators pleased

claire tyrpak, 57, waves a peace sign during a demonstration

claire tyrpak, 57, waves a peace sign during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. protests have broken out at airports across the country in response to president donald trump's executive order, signed friday, placing a temporary ban on entrance to the u.s. by people from seven muslim-majority countries. 

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bystanders watch a protest from an overhead window at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. protests have broken out at airports across the country in response to president donald trump's executive order, signed friday, placing a temporary ban on entrance to the u.s. by people from seven muslim-majority countries. 

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protesters wave peace signs during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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protesters chant and hold signs during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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protesters chant and hold signs during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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protesters hold signs during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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protesters chant and hold signs during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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protesters chant and hold signs during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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protesters at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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ruben l. reyes, an immigration attorney, speaks during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. protests have broken out at airports across the country in response to president donald trump's executive order, signed friday, placing a temporary ban on entrance to the u.s. by people from seven muslim-majority countries. 

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protesters chant and hold signs during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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terry gunn, 63, holds a sign that reads "fight ignorance not immigrants" during a protest at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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u.s. rep. ruben gallego, d-ariz., waves to a crowd

u.s. rep. ruben gallego, d-ariz., waves to a crowd of protesters at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. protests have broken out at airports across the country in response to president donald trump's executive order, signed friday, placing a temporary ban on entrance to the u.s. by people from seven muslim-majority countries. 

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protesters chant and hold signs during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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bystanders watch a protest from an overhead window at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. protests have broken out at airports across the country in response to president donald trump's executive order, signed friday, placing a temporary ban on entrance to the u.s. by people from seven muslim-majority countries. 

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pro-trump counterprotesters chat with demonstrators during a protest at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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zayed al-sayyed, a valley immigration attorney, speaks during a protest at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. protests have broken out at airports across the country in response to president donald trump's executive order, signed friday, placing a temporary ban on entrance to the u.s. by people from seven muslim-majority countries. 

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the latest development e nearly a week after hundreds of protesters and local immigration attorneys rallied outside of phoenix sky harbor's terminal 4 entrance.

casey tler was among the participants in that rally. she criticized trump's order and said that though some freedoms are compromised for the sake of safety, the united states should never shut its doors to refugees or immigrants.

"people are being profiled and are being separated from their families. we do not profile based on religion and that's what this order does," she said.

she said she remains cautiously optimistic about the recent development.

"given trump's response to the ruling, it shows that it's not over yet," she said.

tler had planned another sky harbor rally for urday but canceled it due to the unpredictable nature of the litigation. she said it was important to take time analyze the situation.

usman karriem, chairman of the islamic community center of tempe, said the court ruling shows that demonstrations like one he helped organize friday succeeded in sending the message that the trump administration actions are "aggressive, uncivil and unconstitutional."

"with all the rhetoric going on, the vile and vitriol, i really want people to look back at founding fathers. one of the things it says in the constitution is, 'we the people.' it doesn't say we the christians, we the muslims, the jews or atheists," karriem said. "inclusiveness is what this country is built on. that's what we're here for and that's what we're fighting for."

karriem said he was pleased that action is being taken to prevent the administration from doing what it desires. he said many in the community are ready to defend themselves against injustice and pointed attacks.

"look at your own ancestors and see how they were challenged to get into this country. see how they were persecuted in their own countries and sought safer places to grow and raise their families," he said. "this is the new civil rights movement and we have to come back again together to object these actions."

lawyers remain available

ruben l. reyes takes a selfie with other lawyers at

ruben l. reyes takes a selfie with other lawyers at terminal 4 in sky harbor international airport on urday, feb. 4, 2017.

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a group of lawyers joined together at about 5:30 p.m. urday to sit in sky harbor's terminal 4 waiting for international flights to come in. they said they were there just in case anyone needed help or wanted to get involved.

"you can take a defensive drive cl and your parents can teach you how to drive but you still buy the insurance because you never know,"said ruben l. reyes with the arizona chapter of the american immigration lawyers ociation. "we're the insurance. we are making sure that if something does happen that they will be there."

even with the court order halting the ban, reyes said they plan to have lawyers at the airport daily over the next week or so. he said if people don't "witness, document and track the abuses" then there can be no protection of liberties.

he said no one on urday reported a detained family member or friend, but said the lawyers got a lot of weird looks and high-fives. the group stayed until 9 p.m.

"we encourage people to get active," reyes said. "if they feel there is something they should do, then they should do it."

other residents weigh in

diane spirk, 78, of scottsdale said she is most concerned about illegal immigration but had been following trump's travel ban. she said she supported setting additional limits on refugees who enter the country, but she did not think it should apply to individuals with u.s. visas. she said she agreed with the judge's ruling.

"i think the immigrants who have visas should be able to get in, but i think that definitely we kind of have to watch who we do let in," spirk said.

her husband, donald, agreed, saying, "(immigration) should be well organized and legal."

tatè walker, 33, of phoenix said she supports the decision to delay trump's executive order.

"i think it’s a good example of actual law and policy coming through versus conjecture or alternative facts," she said. "i hope we see more of this in the future."

jane armour, 64, of phoenix said she was appalled with trump's ruling and was pleased to see that a judge had chosen to temporarily suspend the ban.

"(the executive order) was just a bad move," armour said, giving the court ruling a thumbs-up.

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