US Judge Blocks Deportations Under Trump’s Executive Order On Refugees

US Judge Blocks Deportations Under Trump’s Executive Order On Refugees
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A US judge issued a temporary halt of deportations people who had already arrived in the US with valid visa but were being denied entry at border control. Trump signed the executive order on Friday that effectively denies entry to refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, including those with green cards, who otherwise have permanent residence in the US. Signing the order at the Pentagon, Trump said the move would help protect Americans from “terrorist” attacks. Ruling temporarily ends detention of travellers with valid visas and prohibits their removal from the US.
Lawyers had filed a legal case in response to the order that includes a 90-day entry ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations.
US District Judge Ann Donnelly’s ruling late on Saturday concerns dozens of people who were detained at US airports following Trump’s actions.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which had filed a class action lawsuit against the ban, hailed the temporary stay of execution as a victory.
“This ruling preserves the status quo and ensures that people who have been granted permission to be in this country are not illegally removed off US soil,” Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said.
ACLU said it would help 100 to 200 people with valid visas or refugee status, who found themselves detained in transit or at US airports after Trump signed the order late on Friday.
The legal case was raised after two Iraqis were held by law enforcement officials at John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) while trying to legally enter the country.
At least 12 travellers have been detained there.

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