US judge blocks deportations after Trump's immigration order

The seven countries affected are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.

US judge blocks deportations after Trump

With the widespread horror after US President Donald Trump's immigration order against people from seven Muslim-majority countries, a US judge has now issued an emergency order temporarily barring authorities from deporting refugees and other visa holders who have been detained.

A US District Judge Ann Donnelly in New York issued the emergency order after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a petition on behalf of two Iraqi men detained at the John F Kennedy International Airport as the immigration ban took effect triggering protests at major airports across the country.

Judge Donnelly ordered that the government could not remove "individuals with refugee applications approved by US Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the US Refugee Admissions Programme, holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and other individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen legally authorised to enter the United States."

The judge ordered the government to provide lists of all those detained at US airports since the measure went into effect. The Judge further emphasised that deporting traveller would expose them to "substantial and irreparable injury."

Judge's 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.

The President Trump's yesterday ordered "extreme vetting" of people entering the US from seven Muslim-majority countries and banned the entry of Syrian refugees until further notice, as part of new measures to "keep radical Islamic terrorists" out of America.

The seven countries affected are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.

ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project Deputy Director Lee Gelernt welcomed the Judge order saying, "This ruling preserves the status quo and ensures that people who have been granted permission to be in this country are not illegally removed off US soil."

"Judge issued stay on Muslim ban said no one could be removed/sent back. But unclear what will happen to those detained," said ACLU executive director Anthony D Romero.

The controversial move, signed a week after he was sworn- in as the President, fulfils the vow Trump made on the campaign trail to limit Muslim immigration to the US. The executive order signed by Trump bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for the next 90 days and suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days. There is an exception for Christian refugees.