Trump signed an “execuitive order” placing severe restrictions on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. Christians and other minority religions will be “prioritised”, so this is specifically targeting Muslims. The Department of Homeland Security has interpreted and immediately applied the ban widely. Welcome to the new America:
US airports on frontline as Trump immigration ban causes chaos and controversy
Homeland security says green card holders included as ACLU files lawsuit after two Iraqi men detained at New York City’s JFK airport despite having valid visas
Donald Trump’s executive order to close America’s borders to refugees and immigrants from some Muslim-majority countries caused chaos on Saturday, as people who had flown to the US were held at airports and elsewhere others were barred from boarding planes.
As confusion reigned, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security made a striking admission when she told Reuters people holding so-called green cards, making them legal permanent US residents, were included in the ban.
In New York City, two Iraqi refugees who arrived on separate flights were detained at John F Kennedy airport. One, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, had worked in Iraq for the US government for 10 years. The other, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, was coming to the US to join his wife who had worked for a US contractor, according to a report in the New York Times.
Mark Doss, an attorney at the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), told the Times he asked border agents who he needed to talk to about the men and was told: “Mr President, call Mr Trump.” …
There are and will be many more such stories:
Trump immigration curbs cause worldwide chaos, panic, anger
President Donald Trump’s most far reaching action since taking office plunged America’s immigration system into chaos on Saturday, not only for refugees but for legal U.S. residents who were turned away at airports and feared being stranded outside the country.
Immigration lawyers and advocates worked through the night trying to help stranded travelers find a way back home. Lawyers in New York sued to block the order, saying many people have already been unlawfully detained, including an Iraqi who worked for the U.S. Army in Iraq.
Confusion abounded at airports as immigration and customs officials struggled to interpret the new rules, with some legal residents who were in the air when the order was issued detained at airports upon arrival.
“Imagine being put back on a 12-hour flight and the trauma and craziness of this whole thing,” said Mana Yegani, an immigration lawyer in Houston. “These are people that are coming in legally. They have jobs here and they have vehicles here.” …
UPDATE: Green card holders from seven countries in Trump's ban have to be cleared in to U.S. on case-by-case basis – administration official
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 28, 2017
I want to repeat: Green card holders were handcuffed, their social media was reviewed, and they were asked their views on Trump#MuslimBan
— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) January 28, 2017
I am told that religious tests are indeed now being performed at our airports to determine Muslims from Christians from the 7 nations.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) January 28, 2017
— Alan Klein (@akmedia) January 28, 2017
Some perspective on the threat that Americans face from Muslims in the US. Maybe Trump should ban something else? pic.twitter.com/4JoxEsUjwQ
— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) January 28, 2017
— GeorgeMonbiot (@GeorgeMonbiot) January 28, 2017
1941 Dr. Seuss cartoon criticizing America's stance on denying Jews safe haven. Recognize the T-shirt slogan? pic.twitter.com/I5mtNICzt9
— Gideon Glick (@gidglick) January 28, 2017
Remember sitting in history, thinking “If I was alive then, I would’ve…”
You’re alive now. Whatever you’re doing is what you would’ve done.
— David Slack (@slack2thefuture) January 28, 2017