Anti-Immigration Decree: Civil Rights Defenders Win First Battle

Online Desk | January 29,2017 | 7:26 am

One of the provisions of the law prohibiting the entry of nationals of seven countries in the United States was suspended by the courts, after provoking demonstrations in the airports.

Twenty-four hours after signing his decree on foreigners, Donald Trump was confronted with the two counter-powers that risk putting his presidency to the test: justice and the street.

On Saturday (January 28th), a federal judge suspended part of the application of the text "Protecting the nation against the entry of foreign terrorists into the United States", which prohibits nationals of seven Muslim countries to enter the United States.
In the evening, Ann Donnelly decided an emergency reprieve that temporarily bans the eviction of people arriving at US airports with a valid visa and allows them to enter the country.

Mobilizations at airports
Spontaneous rallies of several thousand people were reported in half a dozen airports across the country to secure the release of passengers of foreign origin held by the immigration authorities under the decree.
Even before its publication, the ACLU, the Civil Liberties Association, had given the president "go to court". On Saturday morning, she appealed to federal judge Ann Donnelly, on behalf of two Iraqis detained at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, while they had visas to enter the United States.
All through the day, hundreds of protesters invaded Terminal 4, shouting "Let them in! "Let them come in!" Others gathered in the Brooklyn court to await the decision of the judge.

The same situation took place at O'Hare airport in Chicago, or at Dallas airport. In San Francisco, hundreds of people invaded the international air terminal, demanding the revocation of the "muslim ban". Volunteer lawyers went to the scene to help the families of the detained passengers, and try to get information, at the call of the National Immigration Law Center.

From 100 to 200 people concerned

At around 9 pm, the New York magistrate issued a partial suspension, finding that the application of the decree to the two plaintiffs would cause them "irreparable harm" by forcing them to return to their country. This is a temporary measure, pending the complaint of the ACLU for non-constitutionality of the decree being judged on the merits, but it is valid at the national level.

According to the association, from 100 to 200 people - including a dozen in New York - were detained at airports on Saturday under the new decree, which targets both refugees and green card holders: an Iranian scientist traveling to Boston, Syrian family finally accepted in Ohio, student of anthropology in Stanford, of Sudanese origin ... All caught short by the suddenness of the measures taken by the immigration police.

The ACLU warned that much remained to be done. "The decision preserves the status quo," said Lee Gelernt, the head of migrant rights within the organization. But his manager, Anthony Romero, was delighted: "From his first week, Donald Trump suffered a first defeat in court. In Brooklyn, the militants exulted: "We won! "

Statue of Liberty in tears and disbelief 
Speaking at the end of a tough week, which saw whole sections of the Donald Trump campaign program being set in motion at high speed, the decree on foreigners caused a considerable stir in the country.
Internet users have multiplied images of a Statue of Liberty in tears and testimonies of disbelief at a measure that prohibits dual citizens from returning home if they are born in one of seven Countries of the list.

The measure is temporary - 90 days - but even Dick Cheney, the defender of the CIA's "interrogations" under George W. Bush, considered it deeply "non-American".

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