Recent news has been rife with the changes dispensed by the Trump administration since the Presidential Inauguration just over a week ago. Perhaps the most controversial of the new legislation is the legal ban on immigration that was recently signed which prevents citizens of specified countries from entering the United States. This piece of legislation has been met wildly with criticism, with protests developing both throughout the online world and in the physical one, particularly at airports across the States where many have been detained and denied entry into the country.
Trump’s executive order halts all immigration and refugees from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Syria, preventing them from entering the United States. This has resulted in a separation of families and friends with many detained at the airport unable to enter the country, and several others who currently reside in the states afraid to leave for fear of being denied re-entry. There seems to be a massive amount of confusion as to whether or not these restrictions are placed upon green-card holders or those who have dual-citizenship in the U.S. and one of the restricted countries –official statement says that the ban does not apply to green-card holders and yet there are a number of reported cases of green-card holders being detained indefinitely when entering the country.
A Trump official has since given an official statement, claiming that this ban on immigration is a “massive success story”, despite reports and protests to the contrary. In the capital of the United States, thousands have gathered to protest against the ban and over one thousand have congregated in New York’s Battery Park with even more protests scheduled to take place across the country in cities such as Baltimore, Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Boston, Boise, Chicago, Detroit, and San Francisco. As a result of the protesting, the Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York has issued an emergency stay of the deportation of immigrants from the aforementioned countries, preventing the government from sending these individuals back to their home countries because it would cause them “irreparable harm”. It is so far unknown if those who this ban affects will have to remain in detention until a substantive ruling is made. This ruling from New York was on a habeas corpus petition filed on January 28th on behalf of two men, Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, who were not permitted to enter the States after arriving at the JFK airport.
With pictures and videos covering the internet and almost every form of social media revealing the struggles of immigrants and refugees, the swarms of protesters, and the clusters of volunteer lawyers working pro bono to help, one thing is abundantly clear –this latest piece of legislation is spreading fear and chaos across the globe and it will take some time before there is an end to it.