Afghan and Iraqi migrants among first detained under Trump's ban

President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news

Trump signed the order - which bans the entry of refugees from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - on Friday, saying it's created to "keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America".

Lawyers representing two Iraqi refugees who were held at New York's Kennedy airport filed a writ seeking their release and also made the first move to start a class action with the intention of acting for all refugees and immigrants detained unlawfully at U.S. ports of entry, the New York Times reported.

"President Trump's war on equality is already taking a bad human toll". "This ban can not be allowed to continue".

"The restrictions against travel by Muslims to America... are an open affront against the Muslim world and the Iranian nation in particular and will be known as a great gift to extremists", said the statement, carried by state media. "Mr. President", an unnamed Customs and Border Protection agent replied.

The man, 32, who asked to be identified only as Omar, arrived in Charlotte in 2012 and went back to Iraq to get married in 2015.

Immigration advocates say at least one refugee family is detained at San Francisco International Airport, but it is not clear how many refugees are now detained at airports nationwide.

"He worked with the United States in Iraq in a variety of jobs - as an interpreter, engineer and contractor - over the course of roughly a decade, ' the NYT reports".

The Chronicle of Higher Education noted one Iranian student in Yale's Ph.D. program who says he may be stranded after leaving the US for a research trip.

"He put his life at risk", said former Army infantry officer Brandon Friedman, who worked alongside Darweesh. While he was in the air, Donald Trump signed an executive order prohibiting Iraqi refugees from entering the country.

A translator of the USA army in Iraq in 2008. They were on their way to Charlotte, N.C.




"The United States is a country where Christian traditions have an important meaning".

It was a period of limbo for an unknown number of non-American citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen now barred from the country where they were studying or had lived, perhaps for years.

Top Republican officials like Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus who once criticized Trump for proposing a ban on Muslims entering the country have largely either supported the proposal or simply gone silent.

Along with Darweesh, the other detainee was Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, who was arriving to the U.S.to join his wife, a USA contractor, and his young son. "There's a new sheriff in town".

The order further bars the admission of all refugees to the US for 120 days - a move that created a no-man's land for people who were already traveling to NY or other American cities when Trump signed the edict.

Trump's actions on immigration, "worry us", Aurault said, Reuters reports.

Meanwhile, Cairo airport officials said seven USA -bound migrants - six from Iraq and one from Yemen - have been prevented from boarding an EgyptAir flight to JFK.

The Iraqis were held at the airport pending a return to their homeland, while the Yemeni passenger came to the airport from inside Egypt.

The five Iraqis and one Yemeni all held valid immigration visas, yet were preventing from traveling board EgyptAir Flight 985.

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