Protests At Airports After Executive Orders on Refugees and Immigration

Time: 12:19 p.m. CEST

Hours after an executive order issued by the U.S. President Donald Trump, which targets citizens from seven countries where Muslim population makes majority of population, strong reactions by citizens, immigration lawyers and human-rights organizations happened at and near two most important U.S. airports in New York and Washington D.C. Protests happened at airports in Dallas, Seattle, and Boston.

Gathered protesters who oppose to the new order banning entries for 120 days to any refugees or bans 90 days entry for citizens of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia greeted the temporary decision of a federal judge in New York who blocked deportations nationwide on Saturday.

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As the Washington Post reports in the article Judge halts deportations as refugee ban causes worldwide furor, Judge Ann Donnelly of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn responded positively to the American Civil Liberties Union’s request to stop deportations.

Another U.S. District Judge, Leonie Brunkema of Alexandria, issued temporary restraining order to block for seven days the removal of any green-card holders, detained at Dulles International Airport, the Times writes. Judge Brunkema said that lawyers need access to those held after the ban.

Since the impose of the ban, initial data show, 109 people did now get the permission to enter the United States, about 173 people were not allowed to enter the flights at foreign airports for the U.S. As the Times writes, officers granted waivers to 81 green-card holders.

Despite strong opposition and protests, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed it would follow the order, aside litigations. In a statement published on the official website of the agency, the DHS says, the President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders “remain in place.” The statement also says, the U.S. government “retains its right to revoke visas at any time,” for national security or public safety.

The U.S. President Trump denied that the orders are “Muslim ban,” and said to the reporters to the Oval Office, “It is not a Muslim ban.” Trump, who announced measures on immigration, while campaigning in the elections, now transforms the words into actions.

“You see it at the airports, you see it all over. It’s working out very nicely, and we’re going to have a very, very strict ban, and we’re going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years,” Trump said.

The U.S. technology companies criticized the actions and recalled their overseas employees. DHS started implementation of the order, minutes after President Trump signed it on Friday.

Hameed Khalid Darweesh who was among firstly detained, was released on Saturday afternoon. “This is the humanity, this is the soul of America,’’ Darweesh spoke to the reporters. “This is what pushed me to move, to leave my country and come here. America is the land of freedom — the land of freedom, the land of the right.’’

Despite, dual nationals, or people born in one of the seven barred countries with U.S. passports

Subject to being barred entry into the United States are dual nationals, or people born in one of the seven countries who hold passports even from U.S. allies, such as the United Kingdom.


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