Tensions rise at JFK Airport as anti-Trump protesters call for arrivals detained under Muslim ban to


Tensions have risen at New York’s John F Kennedy airport after Donald Trump’s Muslim ban plunged America’s immigration system into chaos.

Immigration lawyers and advocates have been working through the night trying to help stranded travellers find a way back home.Meanwhile hundreds of demonstrators chanting “no ban, no wall, sanctuary for all” and “no hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here” have gathered outside the airport’s Terminal Four arrivals section.

Lawyers in New York have sued to block the order saying many people have already been unlawfully detained including an Iraqi who worked for the US Army in Iraq.At other airports across the US immigration and customs officials struggled to interpret the new rules, with some legal residents who were in the air when the order was issued detained at airports upon arrival.”Imagine being put back on a 12-hour flight and the trauma and craziness of this whole thing,” said Mana Yegani, an immigration lawyer in Houston.

“These are people that are coming in legally. They have jobs here and they have vehicles here.”

Thousands of refugees seeking entry were thrown into limbo. Melanie Nezer of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, a Jewish group that works with refugees, said she knew of roughly 2,000 who were booked to come to the United States next week.

The new Republican president on Friday put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travelers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries. He said the moves would protect Americans from terrorism, in a swift and stern delivery on a campaign promise.”It’s not a Muslim ban,” Trump said on Saturday after signing more executive orders in the Oval Office. He said such measures should have been in place for years.

The ban affects travelers with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and extends to green card holders who are legal permanent residents of the United States.

Arab travelers in the Middle East and North Africa said the order was humiliating and discriminatory. It drew widespread criticism from U.S. Western allies including France and Germany, Arab-American groups and human rights organizations.

Iran condemned the order as an “open affront against the Muslim world and the Iranian nation” and vowed to retaliate.

Of the seven countries targeted, Iran sends the most visitors to the United States each year – around 35,000 in 2015, according to the Department of Homeland Security.



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