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Trump’s Executive Order On Immigration Causes Havoc At U.S. Airports
January 29, 2017 - On Friday President Trump signed and executive order on immigration that went into affect on Saturday which now bars Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspended all refugee admissions into the United States for 120 days.

In addition, the order bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, refugees or otherwise, from entering the United States for 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Outside of the Washington belt not many were aware that Trump would sign such an order as the administration feared possible repercussions.

As a result, a number of travelers from these countries who had booked a flight to the United Sates and on board a flight that was enroute to the U.S. found themselves detained at airports across the United States on Saturday when they landed.

This order also prevented flight crews, passengers holding a green card or visa from these counties from entering the United States.
A spokeswoman from Emirates airline reported the carrier had to change flight attendant and pilot rosters on services to the United States in order to follow the U.S. travel ban as some of their flight attendants and pilots are citizens from one of the seven Muslim-majority countries. Emirates airlines employs over 23,000 flight attendants and around 4,000 pilots from around the world including from the US, Europe and Middle East, the spokeswoman said.

On Saturday, protesters across the country protested in the streets and at a number of U.S. international airports including JFK airport in New York City to denounce Trump’s order on immigration. Late in the day a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York blocked part of Trump’s executive order on immigration allowing some of the travelers effected by this order to stay in the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security said that the order also barred green card holders from those countries from re-entering the United States.


Just before 9 PM, Federal District Court in Brooklyn, Judge Ann M. Donnelly ruled that the government was “enjoined and restrained from, in any manner and by any means, removing individuals” who had arrived in the United States with valid visas or refugee status. Lawyers who sued the government to block the executive order on immigration said the judge’s decision could affect an estimated 100 to 200 passengers that were detained upon arrival at U.S. airports.

On Sunday the Department of Homeland Security released a press release that stated - The Department of Homeland Security will continue to enforce all of the president’s Executive Orders in a manner that ensures the safety and security of the American people. The president’s Executive Orders remain in place—prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety. The president’s Executive Order affects a minor portion of international travelers, and is a first step towards reestablishing control over America's borders and national security.

Approximately 80 million international travelers enter the United States every year. Yesterday, less than one percent of the more than 325,000 international air travelers who arrive every day were inconvenienced while enhanced security measures were implemented. These individuals went through enhanced security screenings and are being processed for entry to the United States, consistent with our immigration laws and judicial orders.

The Department of Homeland Security will faithfully execute the immigration laws, and we will treat all of those we encounter humanely and with professionalism. No foreign national in a foreign land, without ties to the United States, has any unfettered right to demand entry into the United States or to demand immigration benefits in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security will comply with judicial orders; faithfully enforce our immigration laws, and implement the president’s Executive Orders to ensure that those entering the United States do not pose a threat to our country or the American people.

Update- Late in the day the Department of Homeland Security released a second notice regarding Trump's executive order on immigration - In applying the provisions of the president's executive order, I hereby deem the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest. Accordingly, absent the receipt of significant derogatory information indicating a serious threat to public safety and welfare, lawful permanent resident status will be a dispositive factor in our case-by-case determinations.


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