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Refugees Detained at U.S. Airports Take Legal Action Over Trump’s Order

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Right after President Trump signed an executive order that bans U.S. entry from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia for 90 days while suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, the rule already faces partial challenge in court. Immigration lawyers acting on behalf of two Iraqi men, one a former U.S. Army employee and the other married to a former U.S. security contractor, have filed suit to limit the order. The men had visas to enter the United States, but Trump signed the executive order while both were in transit to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. On arrival Friday evening, both were detained at the airport. The lawsuit calls for their release and the legal protection of other people with legitimate travel papers who may now be in similar situations in airports around the country.

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