Thousands demonstrate across US against Trump’s anti-immigrant orders
28 January 2017
Thousands of protesters converged on major airports across the United States yesterday to demand the release of immigrants detained by US officials following an executive order by President Donald Trump. Those detained are the first victims of Trump’s orders, which ban immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries and lay the pseudo-legal framework for the detention and deportation of millions of immigrants across the country.
The first detainees included students, scientists, translators and lawyers. Many are legal permanent residents of the US. “We’ve gotten reports of people being detained all over the country,” Becca Heller, director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, told the New York Times. “They’re literally pouring in by the minute.”
A federal judge in New York issued an emergency stay on the ban late Saturday night, but only for those who were either detained Saturday or who were on board flights to the US at the time of the ruling. In other words, Trump’s executive orders take full force beginning Sunday.
Two Iraqis who were detained at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport were reportedly released from custody after being held for several hours, while others will now be released following the stay. Detainees also reported that they were not allowed to speak with their lawyers and that they were subjected to intense questioning by immigration officials, who demanded access to their social media accounts and asked them for their political views on Donald Trump.
Immigrants and permanent residents were also removed from flights before departing for the US, and reports show that immigration officials did successfully deport…