UPDATE: In the Eastern District of New York, a Federal Court has issued a stay in an emergency situation that stops President Trump’s executive order to Muslims in transit coming from 7 Muslim countries. The ACLU had filed a petition and went to court on the grounds of habeas corpus after two Iraqi men Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi were detained at the JFK airport. Hameed and Sameer have now been allowed into the United States.
On Friday, January 27th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that officially imposed a ban on seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. The executive order states: “I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order.”
President Trump has made his refugee ban very strong on Syria, stating: “I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry.” Trump has not explained how this is detrimental to the United States and has seemingly not mentioned that there is a massive Syrian refugee crisis that has placed millions of Syrians in need of shelter and safety. In Syria, there is a civilian population that is in the middle of a civil war that is devastating the civilians and disenfranchising them. Considering that the United States has had an influence on the Syrian civil war by arming Syrian rebels, it seems quite hypocritical that the United States would now impose a full on ban of Syrian refugees.
Donald Trump’s ban has led to people flying and arriving in the United States from those different countries becoming barred from being able to enter even if they have a green card or a visa. This has affected many people and led to the detainment of multiple people, including the detainment of Hameed Khalid Darweesh, who was an Iraqi translator for the United States for 10 years. Trump’s executive order has led to the detainment of a man who worked for the United States for 10 years.
Two Iraqi men, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi and Hameed Khalid Darweesh, have now filed a lawsuit against President Trump’s executive order that led to their detainment at the JFK airport in New York. The lawsuit states that Alshawi and Darweesh had visas that would legally allow them to enter the United States. However, the executive order has stated that if the person is from one of the seven listed countries, the person will be sent back and not allowed to enter the United States. The lawsuits are getting underway and the legal battle against the executive order will be hard fought.