Federal Court Stays Trump’s Refugee and Immigrant Ban
NEW YORK—A federal judge late Saturday issued an emergency stay blocking President Donald Trump’s executive order that barred citizens of seven countries from entering the United States.
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled on a habeas corpus petition filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other activist groups on behalf of two Iraqi nationals who were detained at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Friday night after the executive order went into effect.
The news was announced by Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s voting rights project, in a tweet late Saturday.
“Stay is granted,” Ho wrote.
Late Friday, the Department of Homeland Security issued a directive ordering the Customs and Border Protection agency to enforce the executive order, which carried the title “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.”
“I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order,” the order read.
The two men in the JFK case, Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshaw, were said to have been granted entry into the United States.
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