Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry to the United States by individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries took effect last night. Already, families are being detained at airports worldwide – creating chaos for airlines, security officials, immigrants and refugees.
Reports the New York Times, “President Trump’s executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees was put into immediate effect Friday night. Refugees who were in the air on the way to the United States when the order was signed were stopped and detained at airports.”
The Associated Press has reported that “seven U.S.-bound migrants — six from Iraq and one from Yemen — have been prevented from boarding an EgyptAir flight [in Cairo] to New York’s JFK airport.”
It appears that some affected by the detentions are already seeking redress in court. Says the New York Times, “At least one case quickly prompted a legal challenge as lawyers representing two Iraqi refugees held at Kennedy International Airport in New York filed a motion early Saturday seeking to have their clients released. They also filed a motion for class certification, in an effort to represent all refugees and other immigrants who they said were being unlawfully detained at ports of entry.”