New York: A US federal judge has issued a temporary halt on president Donald Trump’s executive order to ban the entry of citizens of seven muslim majority countries.
The case was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and it has also said that are somewhere between 100 to 200 people who have being detained at the airports or are in transit.
According to Donald Trump’s executive order a 90 day ban was imposed on citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering United States, the US refugee program has also been halted.
According to the Department of Homeland Security it will comply with judicial orders but they will also president’s executive orders and make sure that anyone who pose a threat to our country will not be allowed in.
The US District Judge Ann Donnelly wrote in her decision: “The petitioners have a strong likelihood of success in establishing that the removal of the petitioner and other similarly situated violates their due process and equal protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”
She further wrote: “There is imminent danger that, absent the stay of removal, there will be substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa-holders, and other individuals from nations subject to the January 27, 2017, Executive Order.”
The ACLU filed the case on behalf of two Iraqi nationals who had worked with the US military, they were detained at the JFK airport. One of them is the husband of US military contract employee while the other one has worked as a translator.
Similar judgements have also been made in the states of Washington, Virginia and Massachusetts after the ruling in New York.
A judge in Brooklyn ordered the release of two Iranian professors at the University of Massachusetts who were detained at the Logan International Airport. In Virginia a judge has issued a ban for seven days on deporting green card holders who are held at the Dulles Airport, they will also be provided access to their lawyers.
This decision by Donald Trump has been criticized by international leaders, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that nothing can justify to hold suspect people from an entire region or set of beliefs.
Iran has also threatened that it will ban US citizens from entering Iran as a response.