The Department of Homeland Security issued a directive on Friday, ordering the Customs and Border Protection to enforce TrumpÕs executive order, which bars all persons from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia from entering the United States for 90 days.
The order also suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days until the President determines they have been sufficiently changed. Since it took effect on Friday, the order has sparked legal limbo for those who already were on their way to the US. According to several reports, green card holders Ñ legal permanent residents of the US Ñ were also among those who have been prevented from getting on flights. This is while, green cards are not specifically mentioned in Trump’sÊexecutive order.
Thus, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) called on Iranian green-card holders Ònot [to] leave the US until further clarity is achievedÓ.
Several Iraqi passengers and a Yemeni national, who had valid visas for the US, were blocked from boarding a flight at EgyptÕs Cairo airport bound for New York on Saturday, The Guardian cited from airport officials.
At least two Iraqis were detained after flying in to New YorkÕs JFK airport on Friday night. Their lawyers filed a lawsuit against the measure on Saturday, demanding their clients be released, The New York Times reported.
One of the Iraqis, named as Hameed Khalid Darweesh, is said to have worked on behalf of the US government in Iraq for 10 years and the second detained Iraqi, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, was reportedly traveling to New York to join his wife and young son.
Meanwhile, Google recalled its traveling employees, who may be affected by the order, to return to the US immediately. The tech companyÕs Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai expressed concern about the new order, saying even though they have valid visas, they would be blocked from returning to the US.
Mr Pichai denounced TrumpÕs executive order. ÒItÕs painful to see the personal cost of Trump’sÊexecutive order on our colleagues,Ó he said to Bloomberg. According to Mr Pichai, 100 of Google employees were affected by the order.
FacebookÕs Mark Zuckerberg was also highly critical of Trump and condemned his bans on refugees. ÒThe United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that,Ó he said.
Trump, however, has given Homeland Security 60 days to begin providing him with the names of other countries to add to the list.