Dozens of demonstrators marched Saturday afternoon in and around the main terminal at Portland International Airport to protest President Donald Trump's order barring all refugees from entering the United States for four months. Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY tweeted that he and Rep. Nydia Velazquez had secured the release of Darweesh.
The lawyers from numerous immigration organizations and the American Civil Liberties Union sued in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, on behalf of two Iraqi men, one a former US government worker and the other the husband of a former USA security contractor. "It's un-American. And it's created so much confusion, not only among working families and families in America, but also it's creating confusion with the people that are working in homeland security".
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said he had directed state lawyers and the agency that controls Kennedy to "explore all legal options" to assist anyone detained at New York airports. "@NYCImmigrants Affairs Commissioner Nisha Agarwal is on the ground now working to help".
One of the men, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, was released early Saturday afternoon. He worked with the U.S. government for 10 years after the United States invaded Iraq.
When lawyers trying to reach Alshawi early Saturday asked US Customs agents who they could speak to about the detention, an agent allegedly replied, "Mr. President".
The fate of the other detainee, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, 33, was unclear.
"This executive order is antithetical to the values that make America great, and it will make our country less safe", he said in a statement.
The International Refugee Assistance Project called on attorneys to gather at international terminals across the nation.
Denver International Airport officials said they were aware of a possible protest taking place. More protests are scheduled for Sunday.