29/01/2017 1:18 PM AEDT | Updated 30/01/2017 5:43 AM AEDT

Court Temporarily Blocks President Trump's Syrian Refugee And Travel Ban

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Late Saturday, a federal judge in New York temporarily halted President Donald Trump's sweeping executive order blocking the entry of Syrian refugees and imposing a de facto ban on travelers coming from several Muslim-majority countries.

The American Civil Liberties Union and refugee relief organizations had filed the action in federal court Saturday morning on behalf of two Iraqi nationals who were detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, asking for a declaration that the order is unconstitutional and requesting an injunction to prevent its implementation.

The legal action named Trump in his official capacity as president, as well as the Department of Homeland Security and other high-ranking officials. Although temporary, it represents the first constitutional setback faced by the new administration.

This is a developing story and will be updated.