President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning refugee entry, effective immediately. The decision stunned refugees who were being stopped and detained when they landed in the country.
The order suspending all refugee entry for 120 days put an undetermined number of refugees who were on airplanes when it was signed in legal limbo.
The detentions prompted legal challenges filed on behalf of Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq, two men from Iraq who were detained and threatened with deportation shortly after arriving at New York’s Kennedy International Airport on Friday, hours after Trump’s executive order was signed.
The lawyers representing the two detained Iraqis filed a writ of habeas corpus early Saturday in New York demanding their clients be released, and filed a motion for class certification so that they might represent all refugees and immigrants who say they are being unlawfully detained.
“President Trump’s war on equality is already taking a terrible human toll,” ACLU president Omar Jadwat said in a statement. “This ban cannot be allowed to continue.”
During his campaign, he argued that terrorists are taking advantage of the U.S. refugee resettlement program to enter the country and called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”.
However, it was mentioned that he ordered Christians and others from minority religions to be granted priority over Muslims, which is not entirely correct, reports Conservative Brief.
The order does not actually establish a ‘religious test’ or give priority to Christians, but it gives priority to those who are “religiously persecuted,” many of whom may be Christian.
That can apply for example to Shia or to Yazidis, as well as to Christians.
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