A Federal Judge in New York on
Saturday night granted a stay order on President
Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily
restricting entry to the U.S. by citizens from
The order followed a suit filed by the American
Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging an earlier
executive order issued by President Donald
Trump barring certain citizens from seven
countries from entering the the U.S.
The court stopped the authorities from deporting
anyone with a valid visa and currently being
detained or stranded at airports in the country,
lawyers for the group said.
According to the court order, issued by Judge Ann
Donnelly, the decision will stop officials from
removing individuals with approved refugee
applications, holders of valid visas and people
from the affected countries who have been
authorised to enter, pending completion of a
hearing on the matter in court.
Donnelly also wrote that the lawsuit would have a
“strong likelihood of success.
“There is imminent danger that there will be
substantial and irreparable injury to refugees,
visa holders, and other individuals from nations
subject to the January 27, 2017 executive order,”
“Stay is granted. Stay is national,” ACLU Voting
Rights Project Director, Dale Ho, said on Twitter.
Crowds outside the Federal Court in Brooklyn,
New York, cheered the news.
The ACLU said the judge ordered a list of
detainees to be provided, 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,” Lee Gelernt,
Deputy Director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights
The order, signed by Trump on Friday, puts in
place a 120-day hold on entry of refugees to the
U.S., and indefinitely suspends the admission of
Syrian refugees until the president is satisfied
that changes have been made..
It also suspends entry for 90 days from certain
countries based on statute related to the Visa
The most recent version of that programme lists
Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and
Yemen as countries to be affected by the
Trump said the order was necessary to keep
foreign terrorists out of the U.S.
The president had during his campaig and after
taking office called for “extreme vetting” of some
people entering the country.
The order has drawn many criticisms since
Friday, prompting widespread protests especially
in New York.
Protests erupted in several airports across the
U.S. on Saturday over the executive order, which
turned into celebrations after the stay was
Demonstrators at a terminal at John F. Kennedy,
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport chanted
The ACLU had filed a lawsuit on behalf of two
Iraqi refugees who were detained after arriving at
New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport following the
They were later released, and a senior Trump
administration official said waivers would be
The ACLU then said it was seeking “a national
stay that would block the deportation of all people
stranded in U.S. airports under the programme.
Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU,
said Trump’s order would have caused people
with valid visas and green cards to be turned
back to Iraq, Iran and other countries.
He said the group believes around 200 people will
be directly affected by Saturday’s stay.
“Clearly this is just the first day of what will be a
very long battle,” Romero said.
He said the onus was now on the Trump
administration to prove the executive order is