Courts temporarily stop Trump’s order deporting some Muslims from U.S.

Dulles International Airport [Photo credit: WTTW.com]
Dulles International Airport [Photo credit: WTTW.com]

Over a hundred people who were detained in United States airports were spared immediate deportation after a federal judge ruled that sending travellers home could cause the “irreparable harm”, lawyers say.

The lawyers sued to block President Donald Trumps’ order to block Syrian refugees from entering the U.S.

Mr. Trump on Friday signed an executive order stopping refugees fleeing killings in Syria to from entering the U.S. indefinitely.

The order, which he said will keep “radical Islamic terrorists” from entering the country, will also give priority entry attention to Christians and other minority religious groups from predominantly Muslim countries like Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

“We don’t want them here. We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country, and love deeply our people,” he said.

But on Saturday, volunteer lawyers were frantically rushing to airports across the country to give legal aid to refugees trapped by the order and awaiting deportation.

Ann Donnelly, a judge of the District Court in Brooklyn, New York, ruled around 9 p.m. local time, stopping the implementation of the order. The government was “enjoined and restrained from, in any manner and by any means, removing individuals” already in the U.S. with valid visas and refugee status.

The ruling, however, did not appear to stop the Trump administration from stopping those who are yet to enter U.S. territory.

The judge gave the one-page ruling after the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, a nonpartisan human rights organisation, told the court that one of the refugees detained at an airport was being put in a plane to be deported to Syria.

According to the New York Times, hundreds of protesters had gathered outside the court chanting “set them free!”

Minutes after the New York’s ruling, another judge in the Federal District Court of Virginia, handed another ruling temporarily stopping the deportation of any green card holder being detained at Dulles International Airport.

“We’ve gotten reports of people being detained all over the country. They’re literally pouring in by the minute,” Becca Heller, the director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, told the New York Times.

But Mr. Trump doesn’t appear to be perturbed by the chaotic scenes at the country’s airports.

Chaotic scenes at the country's airports in protest of Trump's Muslim ban [Photo credit: thesun.co.uk]
Chaotic scenes at the country’s airports in protest against Trump’s Muslim ban [Photo credit: thesun.co.uk]

“It’s not a Muslim ban, but we were totally prepared. It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over,” he said at the White House.

Several legal residents of the U.S. who holds green cards were being stopped in foreign airports as they return from funerals, vacations or study abroad, the New York Times claimed.

On Saturday, American Homeland Security said 109 people who were already in transit to the U.S. when the order came into effect were not allowed into the country. It also stated that 173 people were stopped from boarding planes heading to the U.S. However, 81, who were stopped eventually got waivers to enter the U.S.

Iran bans U.S. Citizens

Meanwhile, Iran has responded to the ban on its citizens from entering the US with a ban of its own.

“While respecting the American people and distinguishing between them and the hostile policies of the U.S. government, Iran will implement the principle of reciprocity until the offensive U.S. limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted,” a Foreign Ministry statement said.

“The restrictions against travel by Muslims to America… are an open affront against the Muslim world and the Iranian nation in particular and will be known as a great gift to extremists,” the statement added.


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  • Black or White

    Trump’s anarchy. Some people call him the orange bullfrog.

  • Sir Louis

    Good move by the Court. This is rule of law in operation. Those already in should be spared. One thinks that the ban, should only be for new visa applicants.

    • Baba Americana

      @disqus_d5oQY5RT79:disqus

      President Donald Trump is on a distinguished road

      The courts in America are not
      created to conduct foreign policy for the United States of America. The courts
      are not on good wicket on this one. The laws and the Constitution of the United
      States give President unqualified right on foreign policy, to decide which country
      to have relations with and which to bar. That clause in the constitution is
      supreme. No court is authorized to interpose itself in foreign policy decision,
      or for that matter, to supervise or interdict it.

      What the court is attempting here is a fool’s errand because the U.S
      Supreme Court had long ago declared that a non-citizen has no legal right to
      enter or to remain inside the United States of America. It is therefore
      irrelevant that 97% of those barred by President Trump’s executive order are
      Muslims. A war to bomb the hell out of Islamist terrorists was declared by
      President Trump, and, within the logic of that war an executive order to bar
      mad Muslims from half a country from entering the United States of America is a
      war decision outside the jurisdiction of all courts.

      • A.N.F

        “President Trump has banned 134 million people from entering the US for the next 90 days. Protesters occupied JFK airport after Trump signed the executive order banning travel to the US for nationals from
        Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya for the next 90 days. Ditto, by the rule of
        reciprocity signed into law by President Trump Nigerians will no longer be issued with two year
        multiple visa by American Embassy since Nigeria Embassy in Washington issues Americans
        with one-year multiple entry visas only. Trump’s decree also suspends the entire US refugee
        resettlement program for at least 120 days while tough vetting rules are established.
        These new protocols will “ensure that those approved for refugee admission do not
        pose a threat to the security and welfare of the United States.”

        ……….Aggregate News Feed

        (January 29th, 2017)

      • Sir Louis

        Ok. Well said. All nations in my view reserve the right to take measures no matter what it is, to protect their national interest and the welfare of their citizens. Thanks.

        • Holy Man

          LET HISTORY BEAR ME WITNESS THAT DONALD TRUMP HAS COME TO FILL A GAP
          IN THE THINKING INSIDE AMERICA WHICH HOLDS NORMAL HUMAN BEINGS EQUAL
          WITH RAVING MAD LUNATICS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD AND IN NORTHERN NIGERIA.
          THAT HUGE IGNORANCE IN AMERICA FED THE RISE OF BOKO HARAM, AND, ISIS.
          IN MEDICAL TAXONOMY, LUNATICS ARE NOT EQUALS WITH ALL NORMAL BEINGS.
          MAD MUSLIMS MUST NOT BE TREATED WITH THE STANDARDS OF HUMAN BEINGS.

          • Kallah Bature

            Yes you think perfectly like Trump who in his weird illiterate thinking feels torture is fine.Let us say you arrest an American in another country on charges not proven is it alright to torture him to accept his guilt?

      • Nkem

        This is not “foreign policy”. It is more about national security which falls within the purview of domestic policy.

        • Law Lexis

          @disqus_llPIQ7cNxP:disqus & Sword of Damocles:

          “The Constitution’s text and structure grant the President the power to recognize foreign nations and governments. The Reception Clause directs that the President “shall receive Ambassadors
          and other public Ministers,” Art. II, §3.

          And at the time of the founding, receiving an ambassador was considered tantamount to
          recognizing the sending state’s sovereignty. It is thus logical and proper to infer that the
          Reception Clause would be understood to acknowledge the President’s power
          to recognize other nations.”

          Section 214(d) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 2003 enacted by U.S Congress as
          United States Law, …”if construed as mandatory rather than advisory, impermissibly interfere with
          the President’s constitutional authority to formulate the position of the United States, speak for the Nation in international affairs, and determine the terms on which recognition is given to foreign states.”

          ………………..(ZIVOTOFSKY v. KERRY per U. S Supreme Court, October 2014)

          • Sword of Damocles

            make we watch to see wetin USSC go say regarding dis matter. whether they will be quoting “Reception Clause ” when they rule on this matter

        • Julius

          Bingo !!. Thank you and its against the constitution !!!

      • Sword of Damocles

        WRONG!! the Courts are EXPRESSLY empowered by the US Constitution to determine if acts of the other 2 branches are unconstitutional, it is called Judicial Review. it became precedent in the case of Marbury Vs Mardison, c1801. What will be adjudicated in the Trump executive order is the section that deals with ‘green card holders from the 7 banned nations

      • kelvin_jr

        Don’t you think you are as mad as DJT. Only mad ppo behave and reason d way Trump do and you think. Nonsense tyrant.

      • Julius

        You are so wrong. I really don’t know where you got all your kokomanic theories from but, wait and see what the court will say on this one.

      • Baka

        Trump has no balls. He is just doing shakara. If he is really serious let’s see him ban countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt whose citizens are more pronounced in 911 bombings and other terrorists attacks.

        Trump policy is just money first, America second.

        • Julius

          Gbam !!!

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        A slave of the mad west

  • Julius

    lolz, this dude will start a war soon !

    • Otile

      Do you want him to allow mad Mullims into US of A?

      • Julius

        No, nor do I want him to allow any mad person into the US of A !. There is also the constitution that must be followed . It says that you can not discriminate entry in the country on a religion basis, being Christian, Jews or Muslim or pagant or non-religious . The court will strike his executive order down on this one.

        • Kehinde Gbegbon

          @Julius11:disqus

          But what is wrong with closing the gate of your own house against mad men?

          What is wrong with America closing its own borders against all mad Muslims?

          Where is the fundamental human right of a mad man to enter your own house?

          • Julius

            “No, nor do I want him to allow any mad person into the US of A !. There is also the constitution that must be followed . It says that you can not discriminate entry in the country on a religion basis, being Christian, Jews or Muslim or pagant or non-religious . The court will strike his executive order down on this one”. Read that again. Let me educate you a lil bit. Your house is not the government, your house is not run by the constitution, your house do not have a treaty with any other house’ i.e government . Otile, in short, your house do not represent me. Whatever you do/ doing in your house is not being done in my name. Hope I’m able to educate you a bit. I also know where you are going with this ..its all about ‘those muslims’ to you and its so sad. An Imam was in our church this morning whorshipping with us and spoke to the congregations.Something is seriously wrong with your soul and may the good Lord help you Amen !!.

          • Powerlessconscious

            Own house? Is USA trump house? Is he a dictator?

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        Your madness has popped up again

        • Otile

          Whatever your lunatic idea is President Trump is doing right to lock mad Muslims out of USA. Does human life matter to you and your fellow mad Muslims? Where is Muttalab today?

        • Tunsj

          He is suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder like Racist Trump.

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Tunsj,the guy is mentally on holiday. Sooner he will resume.

          • Tunsj

            OK.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Americans,are psychologically-challenged people who were so ignorants that blindly voted for a known misogynist,advance-looter, who did not pay Federal tax for the past 20-years and refuses to disclose his tax returns for the past fifteen years and with six-bankruptcies records,still those extremist white-racists-who usually live in outskirt isolation arear and members of ku-klux-klan-Alt-Wright-racist-group.Americans, deserve what they get under Donald John Trump-autocratic regime.It is good for China,to take over as world military and economic power.

    • Tunsj

      Couldn’t agree more. First of all, most Americans are gullible fools. Racist Trump’s victory is a rise of global fascism and also gave licenses to Racists in the US. This is the same clown that tried to DELEGITIMIZE President Obama. Trump is a dangerous lunatic and I’m 100% sure that he is suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

  • Shobajo

    Premium Times Editor,

    My heart and prayers are with all reporters and editors of PREMIUM EDITORS whom,
    it must be assumed, will be in mournful mood today as the war against Islamist terrorists
    begins in earnest with a sensible policy to bar mad Muslims from entering the United States,
    besides the non-stop bombing to come over the heads of genocidal Muslims all over the world.
    Premium Times is a Mujahedeen media-organization where the Hijab is the compulsory face veil
    for all the journalists working in their newsroom; and including all staff members in the staff canteen.

    • ?????????

      STOP INCITING HATRED! ARE YOU INVITING DONALD TRUMP TO BOMB PREMIUM TIMES TOO?

      • donald akpeh

        ALHAJI, what is wrong with President Donald
        Trump making America great again by bombing Premium Times to rubble, and then bombing
        all other nuisance Muslims all over the world? The global goal is to save the
        world from the scourge of a crazy form of Islam, not to save the the
        Mujaheedins in Premium Times.

        • X.O Brandi

          @tunsj:disqus

          Americans are wisest to vote for CHANGE which Donald Trump best represents. Trump is the right man for the job. Hilary Clinton is a status quo enabler. The problem with the world today is Islam.
          Donald Trump diagnosed the problem correctly and prescribes mass killing by endless bombing
          as solution to the cancer of Islam. If the Muslims in ten or twelve countries are bombed non-stop,
          for six months, with no Muslim left standing, the world will become a better place. No Muslim can
          be allowed to come into America until this war against mad Muslims is over. Very logical plan!

  • Garafini

    Qur’an said all these. They’re all signs of end time. Muslim ummah lets uphold to righteousness.

    • The Crusades

      @garafini:disqus

      The civilized world counts 14,000 dead bodies in Nigeria. The world is horrified.

      It is time for the world to fight back and kill the mad Muslims responsible for it.

      No sentiments; no tosh, the world owes a duty to kill mad Muslims in northern Nigeria.

      Beasts cannot be further let free to roam the usual dwelling of rational human beings.

      • Point Blank

        @garafini:disqus

        NO COURT ORDER CAN STOP A GLOBAL REPRISAL TO KILL ALL MAD MUSLIMS.

        ALL MAD MUSLIMS IN NIGERIA, SYRIA, IRAQ, LIBYA AND YEMEN MUST BE KILLED.

  • Word on Marble

    @garafini:disqus

    What is wrong with America closing its own borders against all mad Muslims?

    Where is the fundamental human right of a mad man to enter your own house?

    …………………….K. GBEGBON

    (January 29th, 2017)

  • Diplomatic Bag

    DEAR SIR,

    Letter to President Putin of Russia

    Please give me a little space in your highly respected newspaper to call on President of Russia
    to join hands with President Donald Trump of America to exterminate Islam; i.e, murderous Islam
    from the surface of this earth. This is the top foreign policy of United States of America, as said
    by President Trump. Russia must put other differences it has with America to one side and join.
    This is the first time the world will be fighting a JUST WAR and in all history Russia takes a lead.
    Russia must not be missing in this necessary war against ISLAMISTS in all countries in this world.

    When the world was threatened in 1945 Russia took the lead and marched victoriously into Berlin.
    The threat today is several times bigger than the Nazi pogrom on Jews – it is a threat on everybody.
    No bomb is too big and no missile is too deadly to fire on these assorted mad Muslims in the world.
    The hydrogen bomb, the atomic bomb, the nuclear bomb, can be justifiably dropped on any Muslim.
    Better to save the world than to tolerate the festering of the cancer of Islam on the face of the earth.
    Islam is far worse than climate change, as it repudiates a national constitution in favour of genocide.
    Islam is lawlessness writ large; and therefore, the mass killing of all mad Muslims is a global obligation.

  • Vaikins

    @garafini:disqus

    But why does
    President Trump exclude Nigerian Muslims from this ban to America – when the
    facts show that the highest genocide casualty rate in the world by the mentally
    deranged Muslims is occurring in Nigeria, with 14,200 deaths recorded in the
    last three years? There is no reason why Nigerian Muslims are being treated
    with kid gloves after they bloodily announced themselves on the world stage
    as the most backward and most barbaric Muslims in the world. The American
    government should take a second look and now begin to treat mad Muslims
    the same way, equally, and on the same standards applicable to all lunatics.

    • Muhamad Oladele Omisakin

      I just want to confess something.
      America Embassy too will know that the former Governor of Ekiti state is a real Muslim.
      He too added “John” to his name to deceive the majority Christian voters to vote for him.
      Alhaji John Kayode Fayemi did exactly what I too did just to be able to get income to feed.

      My name is Muhamad Oladele Omisakin. I don’t want America Embassy in Nigeria
      to think that the “Muhamad” in my name means that I am a Muslim. I am not a Muslim.
      I have never read any Islamic book in my life. I added MUHAMAD to my name to get job.

      I was not getting any job for three years. I now realized that Islamic name will help me.
      My state governor at the time was giving civil service job to only Muslims but even some
      of those Muslims disguised too, and added “Michael” and “John” to their name so that
      the media will not know that only Muslims can get jobs in my state. This was the situation.
      But as things are now like this I must confess just so that I will not be denied America visa.

      • Otile

        God bless you. That explains why the North and South West hate Igbo people with passion. So if majority is Igbo were Muslims Nigeria would be one happy family. God, hasten the separation of Nigeria so that Igbo Christians can go their way without suffering further persecution from Mohammedans and their slaves.

      • ojays

        Which state? You seem unstable and need to get treatment. What manner of work are you doing?

  • breakin’ news

    Breaking News:
    ……………………

    “Adama Barrow, The Gambia’s new president, has said the country’s official name will no longer contain the word “Islamic”, which had been added by ex president Jammeh in 2015. The new president said The Gambia, whose population is 90 percent Muslim, with the rest Christian and animist, was a republic, “not the Islamic republic”.

    • ahahahahahah!

      Hahahahaha! Gambia doesn’t want to be bombed! Anything sounding ISLAMIC in today’s world
      can be bombed. That’s why Gambia people quickly remove ISLAMIC from their country’s name to
      escape America bombing. Kai, see sense! This Donald Trump is a great man O! See real CHANGE!
      Everywhere is changing within one week that he took over. Even Gambia too has quickly change too.

      • Prayin Mantis

        @ahahahahahah!

        Does Nigeria like to be bombed? Why pick on Gambia? I want to appeal to President Trump
        not to bomb Nigeria but to capture or kill the riff-raff Muslims in Nigeria, especially in Kano
        and Borno states. No need to bomb Nigeria for anything. Nigeria has already bombed itself
        by electing Muhamadu Buhari as president. It’s been sorrow, tears and blood since then!

    • Otile

      When I pointed our that Yahaya Jammeh is a devout Muslim man awon Omo Odua almost chopped off my head.