Boy, 5, handcuffed at U.S. border for being 'security threat' to USA

In a heartbreaking video showcasing the effects of United States president Trump's visa ban, a 5-year-old boy who was detained in a U.S. airport reunites with his mother.

On Friday, Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from entering the country, during a Pentagon swearing-in ceremony for Secretary of Defence, James Mattis. "The government, in contempt with the order of the federal court, denied access".

A federal judge in Brooklyn temporarily halted parts of Trump's sweeping executive order on Saturday as members of the worldwide community voiced their concern at the move.

Confusion and protests continued at Dulles Airport through the weekend as President Donald Trump's executive action on refugees impacted travelers through Northern Virginia, the country and the world.

A federal judge in Virginia stepped in, issuing a temporary restraining order for one week that will block green card holders arriving at Dulles International Airport from being removed from the country. Entry by Syrians was put on indefinite hold because of concerns about Islamic State militants still operating in that country.

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The young boy was one of thousands affected by the executive order that temporarily bans all refugee admissions into the USA for 120 days, suspends the Syrian refugee programme indefinitely and also suspends entry into the country from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya. The order is open for extension and expansion to include other countries.

Despite the rulings Los Angeles City's Attorney Mike Feuer said that he was turned away when he attempted to get access to people detained at the Los Angeles airport (LAX) on Sunday 29 January.

On Sunday 29 the DHS said that customs officers has immediately begun "taking steps to comply with the orders" and that everyone "affected by the executive orders, including those affected by the court orders, are being provided all rights afforded under the law". At a press conference held at Dulles on January 30, Kaine said he was informed that no one was now detained there.

"It was a very frustrating and complex night", he said, "because federal officials were unable and unwilling to provide any information".

  • Rita Burton