On Jan. 29, 2017, Eric Arnone was quoted in the New York Times regarding former colleague Justice Ann M. Donnelly, the Federal Judge who ordered a temporary stay of President Trump's recent "Travel Ban" executive order. Trump's order has, in practice, targeted and affected people of Muslim decent.
The New York Times sought Arnone's comment as he formerly worked as a colleague of Justice Donnelly's at the New York County District Attorney's Office in the mid-2000's. Describing Judge Donnelly as having a "great reputation for being a fair and diligent prosecutor," Arnone was quoted alongside another former colleague Linda Fairstein and current District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., both who had great things to say about the jurist.
Arnone applauded the jurist – one who many look to as a hero – for her block of the Executive Order: “Today, Judge Donnelly stated in unequivocal terms that this administration — one with no apparent historical and constitutional rudder — will not go unchecked or unbalanced."