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Muslim Refugees Arriving At JFK Get A Rude Awakening After Ignoring Trump’s Ban

As soon as President Donald Trump issued an executive order to ban immigration from several countries, airport security was ordered to clamp down in immigrants coming to the United States. Even those who had been vetted previously, had a visa and had started a life in the U.S. were being detained at the airport. Calls about 100-200 detainees spurred quick action by protesters and legal organizations.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenged President Trump's executive order that put a halt on all immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. They started the case with two Iraqi plaintiffs when they were detained upon arriving in New York on Friday, just hours after the president signed the mandate. According to the White House, the ban enacted on Friday was meant to protect 'the United States from foreign nationals entering from countries compromised by terrorism until a more rigorous vetting process' could be put in place.

One plaintiff, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, has worked for more than 10 years with the U.S. government as an interpreter. Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, the other plaintiff, is a family man who lives with his wife and son in Texas. There were more than 100 other detainees waiting to hear their fate, while more than 100 immigrants living in America were stuck abroad. Many immigrants already had visas or held green cards, and had established a life in America, either working, studying or raising a family here.

The ACLU got an emergency hearing in Brooklyn on Saturday Night, and the judge blocked the part of the executive order that prevented the government from deporting some arrivals.

Protesters quickly gathered at airports across the country to express outrage over the executive order. They awaited the outcome of the hearing eagerly, and cheered when they got news of the judge’s ruling. Public response to the ruling and the ACLU’s action resulted in millions of dollars in donations to the organization.

Source: NY Times
Photo: Mad World News

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