Iraqis file lawsuit after being detained in NY due to travel ban

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31 January, 2017

In New York, protesters gathered at John F. Kennedy Airport, where refugees and Iraqis holding special entry visas were detained on arrival.

Civil rights and refugee resettlement organizations are readying themselves for a fight against the order.

In the Netherlands, Dutch politician Geert Wilders agreed with Trump's view of immigrants from Muslim countries, adding in a tweet that "Islam and freedom are incompatible".

Parliament has approved a plan for a reciprocal ban on Americans, which will need cabinet approval before taking effect, Alice says.

The American Civil Liberties Union also filed suit Saturday morning on behalf of two Iraqi men who were already on their way to the USA and had been detained at New York's JFK airport. A senior USA administration official said on Saturday that green card holders from the seven affected countries have to be cleared into the United States on a case-by-case basis.

However, a federal law enforcement official said, "It's unclear at this point what the threshold of national interest is". Governors, senators, and mayors arrived to protest the order alongside citizens. This was a big part of my campaign. Critics said the clandestine sites have marred America's image on the world stage. "Where was all the outrage from Democrats and the opposition party (the media) when our jobs were fleeing our country?" "We've always made our view on immigration issues known publicly and will continue to do so". Spicer all but admitted the government hadn't taken much time to disseminate the policy and explain it to relevant officials before Trump signed the order: "What we couldn't do was telegraph our position ahead of time to ensure that people flooded in before that happened, before it went into place". America has always been the land of the free and home of the courageous. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.

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"We have no doubt that the motivation behind the executive order was discriminatory".

"It's not a Muslim ban", Trump told reporters at the Oval Office.

In addition, it specifically bars Syrian refugees from the United States indefinitely, or until the President himself decides that they no longer pose a threat.

Along the campaign trail, he modified this blanket ban to a suspension of "immigration from terror-prone regions, where vetting can not safely occur", which he promised to enact during his first 100 days in office. The order also affects individuals of those seven countries who hold dual citizenship with another country, for instance, those who hold both Iraqi and Canadian citizenships. I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria.

"I can't say this in blunt-enough terms: you can't screw over the people that risked their lives and bled for this country without consequences", wrote the project's founder and director Kirk Johnson.

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