Federal Judge bars USA from deporting travelers with valid visas

The ACLU issued the request after people were being detained at JFK in NY based on the executive order.

The ACLU said it would argue in US District Court in NY at 7:30 pm ET on Saturday for a nationwide stay to block deportation of people stranded in US airports because of Trump's order, Reuters reported. The judge did not rule on the constitutionality of the immigration order.

Since her ruling on Saturday night, Donnelly has received quite a bit of media attention, including profiles from the New York Times and Washington Post.

As you see from Donnelly's language, her order applies to "holders of valid immigration visas" and other already "legally authorized" to enter the United States.

The decision stops President Trump's executive order which did not allow citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

He was granted permission to relocate to the USA, but was detained along with another traveler from Iraq after arriving at John F. Kennedy Airport Friday night.

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The order seeks to priorities refugees fleeing religious persecution. The ACLU, one of the organizations that defend civil rights most important in the country, made the demand after two Iraqi citizens with special visas to enter the USA were held at JFK airport.

The ban affects travellers with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Immigrants rights attorney Lee Gelernt celebrated the win. The newspaper said Vayeghan was on a plane to Tehran by the time the judge issued the order.

Under a mural that once hung at Ellis Island, dozens of men and women stood before a judge in a Brooklyn courtroom last week and became naturalized citizens of the United States-among the first to do so under President Donald Trump.

But on Sunday, other members of Mr. Trump's administration also jumped in with a defense of the executive order.

Hameed Khalid Darweesh, an Iraqi who was detained overnight, worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army when it invaded Iraq in 2003.

  • Alfonso Moody