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Published: Tue, January 31, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Federal Judge Blocks 'Muslim Ban' -- ACLU and Protesters Declare Victory

Federal Judge Blocks 'Muslim Ban' -- ACLU and Protesters Declare Victory

According to the ACLU, one of the detained men, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, was traveling on an Iraqi special Immigrant Visa and had worked for the us government for years and the other, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, had been granted a Follow to Join Visa and had planned to join his wife and 7-year-old son in Houston, Texas, who are both lawful permanent residents.

The ACLU launched their lawsuit against the President and the USA government on behalf of two Iraqi citizens who had been detained and denied representation for several hours.

In less time than it would take to binge-watch a season of The Celebrity Apprentice, president Donald Trump's January 27 executive order indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from entering the United States and temporarily barring visitors from six other Muslim-majority countries has met its first courtroom battle. The order applies only to visa holders after they have landed at a US airport.

After the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, legislators created two refugee programmes to protect the thousands of Iraqis who risked their lives helping Americans in Iraq.

Retired Naval Officer and author Malcolm Nance tweeted that several Iraqi interpreters who had worked with the USA military were denied permits.

They also filed a motion for class certification, to represent all refugees and immigrants being detained at ports of entry. Lives are being destroyed as people who went through the system legally and got their green cards are being denied reentry into the country.

"Not only is it immoral and stupid, it's also counterproductive", says Patrick Skinner, a former Central Intelligence Agency counterterrorism case officer who now works at the Soufan Group, a security consulting firm.

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Large protests also took place at the main airports for Washington, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas, where USA Today said about 50 people were detained.

On Saturday, more than a dozen people were held at JFK under the order.

"We were told neither their attorneys nor we could see them until they were paroled into the country - if they get paroled", said Representative Jerry Nadler.

This morning we spoke with Enriquez to discuss the parameters of the stay, and the lingering unknowns: whether Homeland Security will enforce the stay nationally, and whether the stay will impact immigrants en route to the United States in the coming days and weeks.

He was granted permission to relocate to the USA, but was detained along with another traveller from Iraq after arriving at John F Kennedy Airport following President Trump's immigration order.

The equal-protection claim was based on Mr Trump's rather capricious choice of countries in his executive order. "Now my entire future is destroyed in one second", she told the New York Times.

"The order shuts the door to all refugees for four months and suspends entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely". "The judge held an emergency hearing on a Saturday night, which is pretty unorthodox", he said. But I have a special immigration visa in my passport, me and my family, because I worked with the USA government. For the past decade, Johnson has been leading an effort to resettle Iraqi allies, many of whom, he says, face torture, kidnapping, and death after collaborating with American soldiers.

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