Federal Judge Stays Deportations, Blocking Part Of Trump’s Immigration Order
Federal Judge Judge Ann Donnelly in Brooklyn, N.Y. granted a request by the American Civil Liberties Union and issued a stay late Saturday on the deportations of refugees and valid visa holders after they have landed at a U.S. airport. The ruling by Donnelly temporarily blocks President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration signed Friday.
"In her order, Judge Ann Donnelly cited "substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa-holders, and other individuals" from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, as well as a strong likelihood that deporting these individuals would violate "their rights to Due Process and Equal Protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution."
The stay will last until a court hearing is held on the merits of this case brought by the ACLU and other legal organizations.
It applies to "all people stranded in U.S. airports," according to a statement by the ACLU.
They say the stay will affect 100 to 200 people detained at U.S. airports or in transit. Government lawyers, however, could not confirm that number.