Trump's expansive executive order prevents refugees, migrants, and even green-card holders from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. (Reuters reports that green-card holders may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.) The government's interpretation of the order has led to the immediate and indefinite detention of people who, until yesterday, had every right to come into the country.
After President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday barring all refugees entry to the US for 120 days and restricting valid visa and green card holders from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the USA for 90 days, reports flooded in from around the country - and the world - of people being detained or sent back at major global airports.
"President Trump's war on equality is already taking a bad human toll", ACLU president Omar Jadwat said in a statement. Darweesh was "approved for a special immigrant visa, given for his time and service to the USA government", Friedman says. Instead, Customs and Border Protection agents allegedly told them to, "Call Mr. Trump".
Trump on Friday said that his actions would "keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America".
The two Iraqi men were just some of the many people being illegally held inside of airports, subject to unreasonable search and interrogation.
"They put the cuffs on", Mr. Darweesh said.
The two Iraqis were part of a slightly larger group.
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People exit immigration Saturday after arriving in Queens from Dubai on Emirates Flight 203.. "He helped interpret, he hooked us up with things that we needed and helped us generally get through the communities that we were operating in in Iraq", Friedman tells Simon. They were on their way to Charlotte, N.C. They also reportedly filed a motion for class certification, seeking to represent all refugees and immigrants detained at ports of entry as result of Trump's executive order. The countries are not names in the order but several news outlets reported that those countries include Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Iran, Yemen and Sudan.
Top Republican officials like Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus who once criticized Trump for proposing a ban on Muslims entering the country have largely either supported the proposal or simply gone silent. "The Immigration and Nationality Act", the ACLU explained, "provides that '[a] ny alien who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States. irrespective of such alien's status, may apply for asylum'". "There's a new sheriff in town".
"These are people with valid visas and legitimate refugee claims who have already been determined by the state department and the department of homeland security to be admissible and to be allowed to enter the U.S.", said Mr Doss told the newspaper.
According to airport officials, when a flight manifest was sent to JFK airport, the instruction came back that the family was not to board the EgyptAir flight to NY.
He said both of the men have been specifically targeted in their home country because of their affiliation with the USA, and would be in "serious danger" if they were sent back.
The Iraqis were held at the airport pending a return to their homeland, while the Yemeni passenger came to the airport from inside Egypt.