On Saturday morning, several groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a lawsuit to challenge President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two Iraqi men traveling to the United States who were detained upon arrival at New York’s JFK Airport on Friday, just as the executive order was being enforced.
According to CNN, both of the men had been granted visas for immigration to the United States and one of the men had a history with the U.S. military.
Hameed Khalid Darweesh was an electrical contractor for the U.S. government from 2003-2010. A former Obama administration official and Iraq War veteran claims Darweesh had been an interpreter for his men in Iraq.
This was my team. We fought together in Iraq. Guess the two most critical members. Now guess which two are no longer welcome in the U.S. pic.twitter.com/VD5Hy8arvA
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) January 28, 2017
The second Iraqi man had plans to join his wife and child in the United States. The wife had previously acquired refugee status herself. While living in the United States, she was able to secure a visa for her husband.
The ACLU-backed lawsuit names both President Donald Trump and the United States government. The suit represents the first significant legal challenge to the Trump administration’s “extreme vetting” executive order, which temporarily limits travel of refugees to the United States from six counties and indefinitely bans all refugees from Syria.
Controversial as it may be, there’s no question Trump has stayed true to his word, as the executive order was signed Jan. 27, 2017, just one week after his inauguration.
“Extreme vetting” of refugees was a core promise of Donald Trump’s Republican primary campaign, going back to his Muslim ban letter on the eve of the Republican primary in South Carolina. It went on to be an important, often polarizing issue in the general election.
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