Thousands of protesters gathered at airports and cities nationwide for a second day on Sunday to decry President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily restricts entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries and indefinitely bans Syrian refugees from crossing into the country.
Within 24 hours of Trump signing the executive order, its impact was resonating worldwide as officials struggled to interpret Trump’s decision — leaving refugees and immigrants who had already been vetted and approved to enter the country detained at airports and stuck in legal limbo
Over a dozen peoplewho landed in the U.S. after Trump signed the executive order were detained and some were separated from their families at New York’s John F. Kennedy international Airport on Friday, according to lawmakers and attorneys.
Two of the detained were Iraqi refugees and one — identified as Hameed Khalid Darweesh — was an interpreter working with the U.S. government for a decade, according to his attorneys.
Darweesh was eventually released Saturday afternoon. The other Iraqi detainee was also released, NBC New York reported.
Two people were released from Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday and reunited with their families, according to Mayor Jim Kenney.
But there were reports of people detained around the country and lawyers stressed it was hard to know exactly how many people had been detained and where.
At least three federal judges in New York, Massachusetts and Virginia have temporarily halted parts of Trump’s executive order, blocking the deportation of those coming into the country with valid visas and others who are legally authorized to enter the country.
Meanwhile, a senior White House official said Sunday that the president had the right and Constitutional power to enact the order. The judge’s decision changed nothing, the official added.
News of the detentions brought a mass of protesters to JFK and other airports on Saturday, with more protests kicking off in cities around the country on Sunday.