ACLU and Other Groups Challenge Trump Immigration Ban After Refugees Detained at Airports Following Executive Order

UPDATE (1/28/17): A federal judge granted the American Civil Liberties Union’s request for a nationwide temporary injunction that will block the deportation of all people stranded in U.S. airports under President Trump’s new Muslim ban. 

The ACLU, along with several groups, filed a lawsuit this morning on behalf of two Iraqi men who were en route to the United States on immigrant visas when President Trump issued an executive order banning many Muslims from entering the country.

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 U.S. government from 2003–2010. Brandon Friedman, a former Obama administration official who commanded a platoon during the invasion of Iraq, said Mr. Darweesh had worked for him as an interpreter. He said on Twitter yesterday that Mr. Darweesh “spent years keeping U.S. soldiers alive in combat in Iraq.”

The other, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, had been granted a Follow to Join Visa. His wife and 7-year-old son are lawful permanent residents residing in Houston, Texas, and were eagerly awaiting his arrival. Mr. Alshawi’s son has not seen his father for three years.

“President Trump's war on equality is already taking a terrible human toll. This ban cannot be allowed to continue,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.

Immigration officials at John F. Kenndy Airport said there was no other reason than President Trump’s executive order to detain the men. 

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Margaret Gonzales

This ban is so wrong, so UnAmerican. I am ashamed as an American that we are banning people who actually worked for American soldiers in Muslim Countries. We are banning women and children too? Unbelievable. Lift the ban. Thank you ACLU for fighting for right.

Kathy Evans

Beautifully said, Margaret!

Karen Solis

I agree! "UNITED WE ALL STAND!"

Anonymous

Ditto!!

Anonymous

The ban is exactly what Trump said he would do, and he should! Where we need to focus is making the ban work as it should ... unblock Green Card holders, for example. They have been vetted ... Further define the types of vetting documents that can be trusted and from which countries such trusted documents originate.

Anonymous

Does the ACLU do anything to protect the citizens of the U.S. from terrorists? Maybe they should be hit with lawsuits from the victims of terror attacks since they seem to defend terrorism.

Anonymous

And you think this is the right way to attack terrorism by inflicting terror on anyone who does not look like you? Your entire life must be rooted in pure hate and I feel sorry for you, but it is you and those like you that are the true terrors in this country.

Anonymous

Do you do anything to protect the thousands of innocents killed by wayward air strikes on various nations?
USA has killed vastly more innocent people through drones and missle strikes going off target.
Also Americans have killed more people in the USA in shootings than have been killed by overseas terrorists.

Tom Burnett

No refugee from any of those seven countries has committed a terrorist attack on American soil.

Anonymous

The American Civil Liberties Union's job is to defend civil liberties. Equating that with defending terrorists is ridiculous, but I wouldn't expect empathy or understanding from a Trump supporter. You are evidence of the fact that terrorists have achieved their goal of terrorizing Americans into behaving irrationally toward people from the middle east. Stop giving the terrorists exactly what they want, and start behaving like an American.

“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men – not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular”

― Edward R. Murrow

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