A Federal Court judge has granted an emergency stay to allow people who landed in the United States with valid visas to temporarily remain in the country.
It has prompted fury from Arab travellers in the Middle East and North Africa who said it was humiliating and discriminatory, while drawing widespread criticism from US Western allies including France and Germany, Arab American groups, and human rights organisations. "We are all Muslims", said a placard carried by protestors at the New York's JFK airport who gathered in solidarity with the detained travelers.
A federal judge in the United States has granted a request from the American Civil Liberties Union to stay the deportation of travellers detained on entry to the country under new immigration laws. "On day one, after he signed the executive order, we jumped into court, arguing that the order was unconstitutional, that it was un-American and that it flew in the face of established statutes that we have long regarded in this country", he said.
Per reports in the Chicago Tribune, Judge Donnelly asked the US government if they could provide a list of those who are now in detention, but USA attorneys responded that this would be "more hard than it sounds".
Although for now the refugees and others trapped at airports at the moment can not be sent to their home countries, they are still not legally entitled to enter the U.S. Judge Ann Donnelly's decision does not question the constitutionality of Trump's executive order.
Hours before the judicial intervention and in the midst of nationwide protests tagged "NoBanNoWall".
Earlier in the day, Mr. Trump spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin for an hour and the White House said the "positive call was a significant start to improving the relationship between the United States and Russia that is in need of fix".