Two Judges Place Temporary Restrictions on Muslim Ban

On Saturday evening, Jan. 28, 2017, federal judges in Brooklyn, New York and Alexandria, Virginia placed partial temporary restrictions on President Trump’s January 27th executive order to halt immigration from seven Middle Eastern countries, effective immediately.

A detailed examination of the effects of the president’s 4-month refugee ban:

Judge Ann Donnelly, an Obama appointee, a U.S. District Court judge in Brooklyn, New York, granted a request from the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups to place a temporary restriction on deportations from American airports of refugees, visa holders and legal U.S. residents from the seven predominantly Muslim countries named in President Trump’s executive orders: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Donnelly heard from both sides during the 25-minute hearing, ultimately asking the government’s attorneys how they could argue that those people forced to return to those countries would suffer irreparable harm in doing so. Donnelly’s temporary ban will remain in place through February 20, 2017, giving the jurist time to consider the lawsuit’s request to permanently ban the removals as per the president’s executive orders.

In Alexandria, Virginia, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinema issued a temporary block on the portion of the president’s executive orders that would send back up to 60 people who are legal, permanent residents of the United States via being green card holders.

Many of those people were being detained at Dulles International Airport with no access to legal counsel, another issue on which Brinema ruled, saying that those people affected must be given access to lawyers. Brinema stopped short of ordering those detained to be released.

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