The liberal states that challenged President Trump's travel ban got an important, although unintended, legal boost from conservatives who challenged one of President Obama's major immigration programs.
When a federal judge in Seattle blocked Trump from enforcing his immigration executive order, he gave his stay nationwide effect. Lawyers for the administration argued that the judge's decision should be limited to just the two states which had brought the challenge -- Washington and Minnesota.
But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in deciding to keep Trump's order on hold, rejected that argument. The judge's order should apply across the country, they said, because the government needs to have a "uniform immigration law" in all 50 states.