ACLU: Emergency stay has been granted to halt immigration ban
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Civil Liberties Union is reporting on social media that a Brooklyn judge has granted an emergency stay that will put a temporary halt nation-wide to President Trump’s executive order to ban immigration from certain countries.
Trump signed Executive Order 13769 on Friday, to halt all immigration from the Muslim-majority countries of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for the next 90 days. This order was one of his campaign promises, as part of his efforts to fight terrorism.
The EO would also suspend any admission of refugees for the next 120 days.
This order resulted in confusion at airports nationwide as people flew in from those countries, and massive protests at major airports. The ACLU filed a lawsuit to put a halt to the order, on behalf of two Iraqi men who were detained at JFK airport in New York.
The emergency stay will shield those who have been detained in airports from deportation.
Jackie Vimo, a policy analyst with the National Immigration Law Center, stated that a federal judge in Brooklyn, Judge Donnelly, ruled to grant the stay.
“4 factors have been met: Irreparable harm established, likelihood of success on merits, no harm to govt. Likelihood of class cert,” tweeted Vimo.
Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, argued the case. He stated, “This ruling preserves the status quo and ensures that people who have been granted permission to be in this country are not illegally removed off U.S. soil.”
The stay will reportedly not apply to those still overseas.