Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trump executive order: Refugees detained at US airports

Rights groups have filed a lawsuit in a New York court to demand the release of two refugees in transit who have been detained at John F Kennedy airport.

Entry to the US for nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries has been stopped for 90 days by President Trump.
The exact implications of his order remain unclear. The US State Department has told the BBC it is working on the immediate implementation of the ban.

People fleeing Syria are banned until further notice. The other countries affected are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.The two Iraqi refugees detained in New York were in transit when the executive order was signed on Friday.

One of them, Haneed Khalid Darweesh pictured above, who had worked as a US Army interpreter, was released on Saturday afternoon.
The other man, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, remains in detention.

New York Representative Jerry Nadler tweeted that he and fellow Democratic Representative Nydia Velazquez were working to help 11 more refugees still being held'. culled from BBC

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