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US judge halts deportations as ban causes furore

US judge halts deportations as ban causes furore
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In a significant blow to President Donald Trump, a US judge issued an emergency order staying deportations for people who have arrived in America with...

Trump loses first legal battle

Washington : In a significant blow to President Donald Trump, a US judge issued an emergency order staying deportations for people who have arrived in America with valid visas from seven Muslim-majority nations but were detained on entry due to the controversial immigration ban.

US District Judge Ann Donnelly in New York issued the emergency order after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a petition on behalf of two Iraqi men detained at the John F Kennedy International Airport as thousands of people joined demonstrations at airports across America to protest over Trump's immigration ban on Muslims.

Judge Donnelly, who was appointed by former president Barack Obama, ordered that the government could not remove "individuals with refugee applications approved by US Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the US Refugee Admissions Programme.”

The holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and other individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen are legally authorised to enter the United States”, he said. She ordered the government to provide lists of all those detained at US airports since the measure went into effect.

The judge said that sending those travellers back to their home countries following Trump's order exposes them to "substantial and irreparable injury." The order barred US border agents from removing anyone who arrived in the US with a valid visa from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. It also covered anyone with an approved refugee application.

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