US judge blocks deportations of airport detainees under Trump ban

Times of Israel – January 29, 2017

A federal judge in New York has issued an emergency order temporarily barring the US from deporting people from nations subject to President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

US District Judge Ann Donnelly issued the order Saturday evening after lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union filed a court petition on behalf of people from seven predominantly Muslim nations who were detained at airports across the country as the ban took effect.

Cheers broke out in a crowd of demonstrators outside a Brooklyn courthouse as the decision, effective nationwide, was announced.

The order barred US border agents from removing anyone who arrived in the US with a valid visa from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

It also covered anyone with an approved refugee application.

Donnelly’s decision to issue a temporary stay — which stopped short of ruling on the constitutionality of Trump’s order — concerns dozens of people who were detained at US airports following Trump’s actions.

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