BROOKLYN — A federal judge in Brooklyn issued a ruling Saturday night that temporarily halts President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, according to the ACLU.
Trump on Friday signed an executive order blocking entry for all refugees from Syria indefinitely, and refugees from other countries for 120 days, and temporarily halted entry to New Yorkers and others with legal permanent resident status who come from one of the seven countries.
Those countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The ruling by Judge Ann Donnelly, which is applicable nationwide, blocks the deportation of individuals with proper refugee applications as well as those who hold valid visas or are otherwise legally allowed to enter the United States from those seven nations.
The stay applies to those currently in U.S. airports or en route to the United States.
It was not immediately clear how many refugees and immigrants were being detained at airports across the country.
It also was not immediately clear whether those detained would be released following the judge's ruling.
Trump's order touched off a day of protest in New York, starting at JFK airport where several people were detained, including two Iraqi refugees who had helped the U.S. government during the war in Iraq.
The ACLU petitioned the court on behalf of those men — Hameed Khalid Darweesh, 53, and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, 34 — who were eventually released.
Later, the protests moved to Cadman Plaza, outside federal court.
"We're facing an administration that moves fast, that moves bold and speaks loudly," said Edward Serna, 22, of Sunset Park who joined several hundred people outside the courthouse to protest Trump and await the judge's ruling. "We need to speak loud, we need to move fast in countering this man's inherently un-American policies."
Lucas Papaelias, 40, of Clinton Hill, also came to Cadman Plaza.
"They make an action that's unjust, unfair, un-American, we say f--k that," he said.