President Trump’s executive order halting refugees and visa holders from some Middle Eastern nation is already making a mark.
Refugees coming into the United States were detained on Friday after the president issued his order, the New York Times reported.
Two of the refugees, being held at New York’s Kennedy Airport, filed a writ of habeas corpus demanding their release, according to the Times.
They also filed a motion for class certification to represent all migrants who they claim are being unlawfully detained.
Another seven refugees, 6 hailing from Iraq and one from Yemen, were prevented from boarding a flight from Cairo, Egypt to America on Friday.
One of the men held at JFK Airport was Khalid Darweesh, who has worked for the United States government in Iraq for 10 years, the Times reported.
Darweesh was released around 1 p.m. Saturday and told reporters he still thinks “America is the greatest nation. The greatest people in the world.”
The other is Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, who was coming to join his wife, a U.S. contractor, and his child.
“Who is the person we need to talk to?” International Refugee Assistance Project attorney Mark Doss asked, according to the Times.
“Mr. President,” a Customs and Border Protection agent said. “Call Mr. Trump.”
Abed A. Ayoub, of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, tweeted about the detentions.
Visas being denied immediately. Chaos at airports and in the air. #MuslimBan will apply to green card holders attempting to return tonight.
— Abed A. Ayoub (@aayoub) January 28, 2017
Some on social media think this is the end of America.
— Michael Kagan (@MichaelGKagan) January 28, 2017
Refugees detained once they arrive at our airports. This is not the promise of America and we cannot stand for it. pic.twitter.com/IRdDoBYKGC
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) January 28, 2017
This entire story about refugees detained in US airports, who’ve been vetted & living here for years, is terrifying: https://t.co/etfZoJywpN
— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) January 28, 2017
This is already chaos. When you spent years helping the US in Iraq, and are detained at JFK https://t.co/WlUdj9yLJt
— Asma Khalid (@asmamk) January 28, 2017
But many others were happy that they were starting to see America protected after eight years of feckless border control.
— Deplorable FOR TRUMP (@iowa_trump) January 28, 2017
— The Mad Jewess™ 🇿️ (@MadJewessWoman) January 28, 2017
Last week he was in ISIS .. this week he is an “Refugee” – Refugees Detained pic.twitter.com/GoRUzYpj9n
— Jack Meoff (@jackmeeeoff) January 28, 2017
— Mari Proud Trump Won (@MarianneHaran) January 28, 2017
What the hell is there to complain about? Seriously people. We are taking our country back.
— Riya sharma (@riyasharma266) January 28, 2017
— Elizabeth A Schultz (@LizSchultzxo) January 28, 2017
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