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Up to 50 immigrants being detained at DFW Airport under Trump's order

31 January, 2017, 01:03 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • Protesters rally outside Kennedy International Airport to protest Trump's executive order on Saturday.┬áNew York City officials and immigrant advocates are holding are also holding a vigil at the airport Saturday evening

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.

The ACLU had filed a habeas corpus petition in federal court for the Eastern District of New York on behalf of Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, two Iraqi citizens who were detained at JFK airport in New York City earlier today.

Along with Darweesh, the other detainee was Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, who was arriving to the U.S.to join his wife, a US contractor, and his young son. And here we have it: President Trump's first legal loss on civil rights.

They also filed a motion for class certification, to represent all refugees and immigrants being detained at ports of entry.

The man, 32, who asked to be identified only as Omar, arrived in Charlotte in 2012 and went back to Iraq to get married in 2015.

Hameed Khalid Darweesh worked for the U.S. government for ten years in his native Iraq. Because he was en route to the USA when the ban came into effect, he was detained at New York's JFK Airport while it was determined whether he could be allowed to enter or not.

Customs and Border Protection officials cited Trump's new executive order, which bans citizens of Iraq and six other Muslim-majority countries - a total of at least 134 million people - from entering the United States for the next 90 days.

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"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 USA", said Mr Doss told the newspaper. He was reportedly directly targeted twice for working with the USA military.

In Charlotte, Marsha Hirsch, director of the Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency, told the Observer that she met Saturday with Imam Atif Chaudry, head clergyman for the Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte, to talk about finding housing and other assistance for Darweesh and his family in Charlotte. "A lot of US soldiers owe their lives to him".

"They're being persecuted", he said. She said several hundred more people who were booked on USA -bound flights in the next week were now stranded around the globe.

This is the kind of person The Donald wants to keep out of the country. He said friends and neighbors know about this work, and they would be in danger if they returned to Iraq. The Special Immigrant Visa programme stopped accepting applications in 2014 but the Direct Access Programme for US-Affiliated Iraqis was continuing - until Friday.

ONE WEEK after his inauguration, Donald Trump received a lesson in the ways of American democracy.

Mr Darweesh had worked as an interpreter for the US Army when it invaded Iraq in 2003 and later worked as a contract engineer.

She was expecting to welcome a Syrian family to Charlotte Monday night. The order also suspended entry for all refugees for 120 days, creating a "legal limbo for people on their way to the United States and panic for families who were awaiting their arrival", The Times explained. I took my children out of school.

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