Following President Trump’s executive order green card, visa holders already blocked by airports

Express News Global

Published: January 29, 2017

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday afternoon providing for 'extreme vetting' of immigrants and visa holders

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday afternoon providing for ‘extreme vetting’ of immigrants and visa holders

Protesters gathered outside New York JFK’s airport on Saturday after 12 refugees were detained trying to enter the United States under Trump’s immigration ban

‘First of all I want to thank the people that take care of me and support me. This is the humility, this is the soul of America,’ he told a crowd gathered outside the airport.

‘This is what pushed me to move – leave my country and come here. America is the land of freedom… America is the greatest nation, the greatest people in the world.’

Asked what he thought of Trump he said: ‘I don’t know. He’s a president, I’m a normal person.’

He was travelling with his wife and three children at the time but they were not detained. They were heading to Charlotte, North Carolina to start their new life in America.


Any non-U.S. citizen from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen is now barred from entering the United States.

That covers legal permanent residents – green card holders – and visa-holders from those seven countries who were out of the United States after Friday, when President Donald Trump signed an executive order with the temporary ban. They cannot return to the U.S. for 90 days.

There’s an exemption for immigrants and legal permanent residents whose entry is in the U.S. national interest, but it’s unclear how that exemption will be applied.

Visa and green card holders already in the U.S. will be allowed to stay.

Customs and Border Protection is notifying airlines about passengers whose visas have been canceled or legal residents scheduled to fly back to the U.S. Airlines are being told to keep them off those flights.

Lawyers for Darweesh and another Iraqi who is still detained at JFK filed a lawsuit on Saturday morning in a bid to have them released.

The two men were on separate flights when immigration officials stopped them on Friday night and took their passports when they landed in New York.

Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi – who approved for a visa on January 11 – was flying to America to join his wife and son in Texas.

Eleven other refugees are still being held at JFK airport. Protesters gathered outside the airport on Saturday in anger over those being held in detention.

Cairo airport officials said seven U.S.-bound migrants – six from Iraq and one from Yemen – were prevented from boarding an EgyptAir flight to New York’s JFK airport.

The officials said the seven migrants, escorted by officials from the U.N. refugee agency, were stopped from boarding the plane on Saturday after authorities at Cairo airport contacted their counterparts in JFK airport.

The action at Cairo airport was the first there since Trump imposed the three-month ban on refugees.

Dutch airline KLM says it had to turn away seven would-be passengers because they would no longer have been accepted into the United States.

‘We would love to bring them there. That’s not the problem. It’s just that this is what the U.S. sprang on the rest of the world – that these people are no longer welcome,’ Manel Vrijenhoek, at KLM’s press office, said.

She said the seven, who were from the seven blacklisted countries, were due to fly with KLM from different airports around the world.

It is not clear exactly how many refugees or visa holders are already being detained across the country.

Darweesh was met by crowds of supporters outside JFK airport following his release on Saturday