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Judge Blocks Parts of President Trump’s Refugee Order



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A Federal Judge in New York on Saturday night granted a stay order on President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily restricting entry to the U.S. by citizens from seven countries.

The order followed a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging an earlier executive order issued by President Donald Trump barring certain citizens from seven countries from entering the the U.S.

The court stopped the authorities from deporting anyone with a valid visa and currently being detained or stranded at airports in the country, lawyers for the group said.

According to  the court order issued by Judge Ann Donnelly, the decision will stop officials  from removing individuals with approved refugee applications, holders of valid visas and people from the affected countries who have been authorised to enter, pending completion of a hearing on the matter in court.
Donnelly also wrote that the lawsuit would have a “strong likelihood of success.”

“There is imminent danger that there will be substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa holders, and other individuals from nations subject to the January 27, 2017 executive order,” Donnelly said.

“Stay is granted. Stay is national,” ACLU Voting Rights Project Director, Dale Ho, said on Twitter.

Crowds outside the Federal Court in Brooklyn, New York, cheered the news.

The ACLU said the judge ordered a list of detainees to be provided, and said it will go through the names and ensure they are released.

“But the critical point tonight is no one can be sent back to one of these countries,” Lee Gelernt, Deputy Director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, said.

The order, signed by Trump on Friday, puts in place a 120-day hold on entry of refugees to the U.S., and indefinitely suspends the admission of Syrian refugees until the president is satisfied that changes have been made.

It also suspends entry for 90 days from certain countries based on statute related to the Visa Waiver Programme.

The most recent version of that programme lists Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as countries to be affected by the President’s order.

Trump said the order was necessary to keep foreign terrorists out of the U.S.

The president had during his campaign and after taking office called for “extreme vetting” of some people  entering the country.

The order has drawn many criticisms since Friday, prompting widespread protests especially in New York.

Protests erupted in several airports across the U.S. on Saturday over the executive order, which turned into celebrations after the stay was granted.

Demonstrators at a terminal at John F. Kennedy, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport chanted “USA! USA!”

The ACLU had filed a lawsuit on behalf of two Iraqi refugees who were detained after arriving at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport following the order.

They were later released, and a senior Trump administration official said waivers would be granted.

The ACLU then said it was seeking “a national stay that would block the deportation of all people stranded in U.S. airports under the programme.”

Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, said Trump’s order would have caused people with valid visas and green cards to be turned back to Iraq, Iran and other countries.

He said the group believes around 200 people will be directly affected by Saturday’s stay.

“Clearly this is just the first day of what will be a very long battle,” Romero said.

He said the onus was now on the Trump administration to prove the executive order is constitutional.


  1. Kadara

    January 29, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Thank God . I was just laughing at Trump and his supporters since . He thinks a President in the US is a king in the olden days that can just do anything lol Supporters of Trump ask yourself why didn’t Trump’s Ban include Saudi Arabia? Do you know 15 out of the 19 terrorists involved in 9/11 were fom Saudi. Yet Mr. Trump left them and the other Muslim countries he has business in like Turkey even though they have more terrorism than the ones he picked. Some of the countries he picked have never been involved in a terrorist act on US soil yet Saudi with 15 out of 19 terrorists that carried out the worst attack on U.S. soil is exempted ! He left out the Muslim country with terrorism that he has business ties with : Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt . The guy is nothing but a fraud . A business man playing to the gallery .

    • LemmeRant

      January 29, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Yh I always wonder why Saudi Arabia always seems to get a pass in everything. Not to mention the constant speculation we hear of them supporting ISIS financially. Na them sabi

      He who has the oil controls them all.

  2. tunmi

    January 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Lawyers ??????
    This is what happens when people know their rights and know their onions. For Naija folks wjo claim corruption or any wrongdoing, go challenge them in court. Poor people use the courts (see the divorce cases and tenancy cases), use the courts. I remember the guy who sued a customer who failed to pay, it had to do with a car being gifted to naeto C. Sure it was a long process but he came out victorious.

    • Hotchick

      January 29, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Tunmi – I agree, however, our judiciary is corrupt.

    • tunmi

      January 30, 2017 at 3:21 am

      I remember that but Buhari did quite a bit in sorting that out. How are their cases going sef?

  3. Maurice Abiagom

    January 29, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    day trump is just stupid and idiotic president kudos to usa federal govt luv them so much

  4. LILO

    January 29, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Continue fighting to enter another mans country. Don’t go and fight to stay in yours

    • Stupid lilo

      January 29, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Wetin be your own. Anybody can live anywhere they want. Go and fight your leaders that spend your money anyhow outside the country. Bitter soul.

    • Californiabawlar

      January 29, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Lmao! No vex.

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