Trump’s Executive Order went into effect and already the results are wildly effective, though they are infuriating many!
Many refugees were airborne, on the way to the United States, when President Trump’s Executive Order went into went into effect. Many arrived at airports to find that they were to be detained.
Already, the detentions are prompting legal challenges, as two Iraqis who were being held at Kennedy Airport requested the help of attorneys. Lawyers have filed writ of habeas corpus early this morning (Saturday,) in New York’s Eastern District to secure the release of their clients. Additionally, they are seeking a motion for “class certification.” The class certification is an effort to represent all refugees and immigrants who believe they were being detained unlawfully at United States Ports of Entry.
The NY Times reports:
Mr. Trump’s order, which suspends entry for all refugees for 120 days, created a legal limbo for people on their way to the United States and panic for families who were awaiting their arrival.
The president’s order also blocks the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely, and bars entry into the United States for 90 days from seven predominantly Muslim countries linked to concerns about terrorism. Those countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Lawyers representing the detained Iraqis are upset that they have not been able to meet with their clients yet.
“Who is the person we need to talk to?” asked one of the lawyers, Mark Doss, a supervising attorney at the International Refugee Assistance Project.
“Mr. President,” said a Customs and Border Protection agent, who declined to identify himself. “Call Mr. Trump.”
More legal challenges are sure to follow, as Trump’s order is a drastic departure from business as usual in the United States. Immigrants, and the lawyers who represent them, are certain to struggle in the new reality.
No one said that Making America Great Again would be easy, or that it would make everyone happy.
SOURCE: [NY TIMES]