Migrants, who have already arrived in the US and were detained at airports, were allowed to temporary stay on the country’s territory.
The Federal Court in Brooklyn allowed temporary stay for foreign nationals, who have already arrived in the US and were detained at airports in accordance with the new decree on migration policy, signed by US President Donald Trump on Friday, the Reuters news agency reported. The decision was taken by Obama-appointed Federal Judge Ann Donnelly. In this way, the court partially suspended performance of the presidential decree.
As it was specified, foreign nationals, who have already arrived in the country and who have a valid visa are allowed to temporarily stay in the US. According to estimates of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the decision will affect about 100-200 people, who have already been detained in various US airports or still are on the way.
A representative of the US Department of Homeland Security told Reuters that the department had an eye out for this lawsuit. At the same time, the official noted that they have not yet received a copy of the court decision. The ministry’s representative said that this decree affected about 375 migrants. One hundred and nine of them arrived in the US, and they were denied to entry into the country. Other 173 people were not allowed to get on planes by representatives of airlines in departure airports.
Crowds outside federal court in Brooklyn cheered the judgment. According to the ACLU, the judge ordered to provide a list of detainees and said it would go through the names and ensure they are released.
“But the critical point tonight is no one can be sent back to one of these countries,” deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, attorney Lee Gelernt, said.
According to the decree, signed by Trump on Friday, people from seven countries with predominantly Muslim population, in particular citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, are prohibited from entering the US for 90 days.
After the decree’s introduction, citizens of the banned countries, who have arrived in the US, have started to be detained in country’s airports. On Saturday, a large protest erupted at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Participants of the protest opposed the Trump’s immigration decree and demanded to set detained migrants at liberty.