Here Comes The First Suit Challenging Trump's "Muslim Ban"

Casey Mills
January 29, 2017

He said he was coming from Iran and that he's been in the United States for nine years.

Council Member Menchaca - as well as a slew of other local politicians, civil-rights orgs and attorneys - said they were working with Customs and Border Protection officials at JFK to try and secure the release of 10 to 12 immigrants and refugees blocked from leaving the airport Saturday.

"Victory!" the ACLU tweeted after US District Judge Ann Donnelly issued her decision. The stay says that (pdf) those now detained can not be "removed" from the United States, but doesn't explicitly compel the government to grant their entry. "I thought it was important to make sure that our voice - our collective voice - was heard". While the first are fleeing unsafe situations in a hurry, countries compete to attract the smartest and most talented immigrants.

The ACLU quickly sued, representing two Iraqis detained at John F. Kennedy Airport in NY.

The estimated hundreds who gathered in Brooklyn came together after word spread across social media, announcing the emergency court hearing at 7:30pm Saturday night.

The stay, which covers the entire country, awaits further legal review.

The order also stops the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely, and bars entry into the United States for 90 days from seven predominantly Muslim countries linked to concerns about terrorism.

Homeland Security confirmed the travel ban applies to those with current visas or even green cards from returning to the USA from trips overseas. "My students, my colleagues are terrified; terrified on one level but also as you can see from this, in real spirit, resisting it".

"We fought against this discrimination once before, but this time, the fight is national", says Cole Varga, the group's executive director.

It was not clear Saturday if anyone has been detained at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. There were other protests planned for Sunday. But Trump plans to limit that number to 50,000, according to the New York Times.

Legally, green card holders remain classed as "aliens" in the US.

Darweesh had worked with the U.S. Army. Rep. One was a former U.S. government worker.

Popular Mobilization, a coalition of mainly Shia Muslim paramilitary groups armed and trained by Iran to fight ISIS, urged Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's government to expel US nationals.

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