On Friday, President Trump signed executive orders temporarily suspending refugees from coming into America, and already they’re starting to take effect.
According to the Washington Examiner, two Iraqi refugees have been detained at the John F. Kennedy Airport, and others have reportedly been prohibited from boarding flights to the U.S. from abroad. The two refugees were reportedly in the air when Trump signed the orders on Friday, and they were met by airport security when they touched down then detained.
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Lawyers for the two refugees filed a writ of habeas corpus Saturday morning in the Eastern District of New York in an effort to get their clients, who were reportedly in the air heading to the U.S. on separate flights when Trump signed the executive order, released.
The lawyers also filed a motion for class certification to represent all those stuck at U.S. ports of entry following Trump’s executive orders, according to the New York Times.
They identified their clients as Hameed Khalid Darweesh, who has worked on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq for the past decade; and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, who had made the trip to the U.S. to unite with wife, who worked as a U.S. contractor, and child.
Darweesh, who began working as an interpreter for the U.S. Army following the invasion of Iraq in 2003, had twice been the targeted for helping the U.S. military, according to the filing.
According to the Daily Mail, migrants abroad have also been prohibited from coming to America following Trump’s executive orders. At least six Iraqi refugees and one from Yemen were stopped as they attempted to get on a flight from Egypt to the U.S., Cairo officials reported.
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Cairo airport officials say seven U.S.-bound migrants – six from Iraq and one from Yemen – were prevented from boarding an EgyptAir flight to New York’s JFK airport.
The officials said the seven migrants, escorted by officials from the U.N. refugee agency, were stopped from boarding the plane on Saturday after authorities at Cairo airport contacted their counterparts in JFK airport.
The action at Cairo airport was the first there since Trump imposed the three-month ban on refugees.
It is not clear how many refugees or visa holders are already being detained across the country.
In addition to migrants being held at international airports, Google also issued a directive to its employees traveling abroad to get back to the U.S. if they’re from one of the seven nations included in the executive order, citing concerns their visa may be rejected even if valid, Bloomberg News reported.