United States - Saturday evening, massive airport protests have formed around airports in over 10 U.S. airports after reports came out that foreign nationals are being detained upon entry into the U.S.
President Trump had ordered a 90 day ban on any citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States.
New York Times reports that an Iranian scientist heading to a lab in Boston and an Iraqi who has worked for the U.S. Army for the last decade were detained as they tried to enter the U.S.
Hameed Khalid Darweesh spent 10 years as an army interpreter in Iraq and has a valid U.S. visa. As he tried to fly to Texas to be with his wife who was working for a U.S. contractor, he was detained. Many other reports like this are reportedly happening around the country.
Mr. Darweesh had been granted a special visa because he was targeted in Iraq for working with the U.S. Army. After his lawyers filed a motion to let him into the U.S., he was finally released.
Stories like those of Hameed Darweesh are infuriating protesters who are gathering around airports to express their anger. Protesters took credit for Darweesh being allowed entry, and they think that it's encouraging that their "protests are working." However, the protesters had nothing to do with Mr. Darweesh's entry.
A Federal judge on Saturday put a stay on deportations for anybody detained at a U.S. airport, but they still can't be allowed in, which leaves them in detention.
Depending on reports, somewhere between 13 to over 100 people currently being detained after flying into the U.S. Numbers appear to have not officially been released at this time.
At this time, all protests have reportedly been peaceful.
Airport protests at #JFK, #LAX, #SFO, Dulles, O'Hare and growing. #NoMuslimBan #NoBanNoWall #RefugeesWelcome #ResistOften pic.twitter.com/OZZ9dexGXo
— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) January 28, 2017
March has grown to around 200 at the Portland International Airport #MuslimBanprotest #pdx #koin6news #MuslimBan #noban #nowall #protests pic.twitter.com/XUWHzUkOVB
— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) January 29, 2017
Airport protests tonight against President Trump's refugee ban:
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 29, 2017
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