Refugees Stunned To Learn They Can’t Enter US After Trump Order

Saturday, January 28, 2017
By Paul Martin


Refugees who were flying into the United States when President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning refugee entry Friday were stopped and detained when they landed in the country.

The order suspending all refugee entry for 120 days went into immediate effect Friday night, putting an undetermined number of refugees who were on airplanes when it was signed in legal limbo, reports The New York Times. Lawyers for two Iraqi refugees who were detained when they landed at Kennedy Airport in New York quickly filed legal challenges.

“We’ve never had an issue once one of our clients was at a port of entry in the United States,” one of the lawyers, Mark Doss, told The New York Times. “To see people being detained indefinitely in the country that’s supposed to welcome them is a total shock.”

Trump’s order also bans admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely, and bars anyone from the countries of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days. The order leaves room for exceptions to be granted on a case by case basis, according to the “national interest,” and establishes a policy of prioritizing Christian refugees and other refugees of a minority religion in their country over Muslims.

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