Published: Tue, January 31, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Iran calls Trump's order 'an obvious insult to the Islamic world'

Iran calls Trump's order 'an obvious insult to the Islamic world'

President Trump yesterday ordered "extreme vetting" of people entering the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries and banned the entry of Syrian refugees until further notice, as part of new measures to "keep radical Islamic terrorists" out of America.

Hameed Khalid Darweesh worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army when it invaded Iraq in 2003. Later he was a contract engineer for the U.S. "If you don't let someone in who has a business here, they're going to lose their business", Astan said. There is now a petition for a writ of habeas corpus calling for the airport to release the two men from custody. America has always been the land of the free and home of the courageous.

Lawyers for two Iraqi refugees detained at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport filed a middle-of-the-night lawsuit in federal court challenging Trump's executive order as unconstitutional and seeking the release of their clients.

However, various people who have committed terrorist attacks in the USA come from countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, that are not included on the list.

It said its own ban on USA nationals would continue until the American measure was lifted.

The stay puts a temporary hold on the executive order nationwide, likely allowing travelers stranded at airports in the USA and around the world to enter the US and to halt deportations of those affected by the travel ban. "There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order", Trump said in a statement.

"Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW", Trump wrote. "This is an order that is based on bigotry, not reality". Doss is the supervising attorney at the International Refugee Assistance Project.

Resistance to President Donald Trump's crackdown on Muslim immigration mounted quickly Saturday, with the first legal challenge filed to an order branded as blatantly discriminatory. She called their detention "our worst-case scenario".

"In the coming weeks we will be advocating to show why this policy is bad for USA national security, why it goes against our humanitarian responsibilities, and why it is fundamentally un-American", Fisher said. "At our best, this is what we can do".

Protesters at Kennedy International Airport Urge Release of Detained Travelers
The current era is one of "reconciliation and coexistence and not of putting up walls between countries", he said. He also said the judge had ordered the government to provide a list of names of those detained under the order.

One of the men, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, was traveling on an Iraqi special Immigrant Visa and had worked as an electrical engineer and contractor for the USA government from 2003 - 2010.

U.S. District Judge Ann M. Donnelly ordered a halt to any removal of refugees or others who hold valid visas to enter the United States-meaning those who have arrived at U.S. airports from the seven predominantly Muslim countries named under the President's executive order can remain, for now.

However, his order hit a roadblock late on Saturday when a federal judge in NY said stranded travelers could stay in the country.

The other, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, had been granted a Follow to Join Visa.

The estimated 375 travelers detained or prevented from boarding flights into the USA on Saturday were not terrorist threats.

"This is a remarkable day", said the ACLU's executive director, Anthony Romero. Trump, petty as ever, tweeted in response that they were "sadly weak on immigration".

Then they learned of the two immigrants from Iraq who had been detained at JFK Airport.

"One wonders what basis he chose the countries he chose as opposed to Saudi Arabia or Turkey or Egypt", says Nadler.

Lawyers for the two Iraqis held in NY have been unable to speak to their clients. The CBP agents responded: "Mr. President".

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