In what is probably the first roadblock of President Trump’s whirlwind week of executive orders, a federal judge has halted Trump’s order to ban immigrants from Muslim nations from entering the U.S.
The court ruled on a habeas corpus petition filed by the ACLU on behalf of two Iraqi men who were detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday after Trump’s ban.
Since then both men, Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshaw, have reportedly been granted entry to the U.S.
The order Trump signed on Friday bars refugees from Syria, for an indefinite period, while stopping the resettlement of all refugees for four months, in order to allow the administration to review the vetting process.
The secretary of State, secretary of Homeland Security, and Director of National Intelligence must approve of the vetting before admission resumes.
The order also denies entry for 90 days for individuals from seven predominantly Muslims countries: Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Libya and Yemen.
Protests broke out Saturday at JFK Airport, Terminal #4, as citizens gathered to express their outrage over Trump’s Executive Order.
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