Thanks to the decision of a federal judge, Donald Trump’s Muslim ban has been stopped in its tracks, at least temporarily.
On Saturday morning, the American Civil Liberties Union and several other refugee relief organizations filed a lawsuit in a New York federal court on behalf of two Iraqi nationals who had been detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Among those named in the suit were the Department of Homeland Security, multiple government officials, and Trump himself.
The suit argued that the constitutional rights of the Iraqi nationals were being violated due to Trump’s unlawful executive order. The suit sought for the court to declare Trump’s Muslim ban to be unconstitutional and requested an injunction to keep the order from being implemented.
The federal judge chose not to side with Trump and brought a temporary halt to his bigoted plan to stop Muslims from entering the United States. Although only temporary, it does mean that if nothing else, Trump will not go unchallenged.
Hameed Jhalid Darweesh, one of the men who brought the suit, has worked for the U.S. government in Iraq for a decade. He as detained on Friday night when his plane landed at Kennedy airport. He was finally released on Saturday.
Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi was the other man who was detained with Darweesh. He was reportedly coming to the U.S. to join his wife, who is a U.S. contractor, and their young child.
Trump signed the executive order on Friday, which also happened to be Holocaust Remembrance Day. The order temporarily barred citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States. The order also placed an indefinite ban on refugees coming to the U.S. from Syria.
This is most certainly not the end of the fight, but it is a definite step in the right direction. It shows not only that there are still people in the federal government who are willing to stand up to Trump and his bigotry. It also proves our resistance is working. Do not give up. We are only just beginning. We must continue to resist.
UPDATE: While the details are still being sorted out, is appears that the judge’s ruling applies only to “citizens of the affected countries who had already arrived in the US and those who are in transit and hold valid visas, ruling they can legally enter the US.”
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