The effects of President Trump’s executive order on immigration were felt quickly throughout the country, as refugees have been detained at U.S. airports.
Security officers at airports across the nation are now following new protocol. Regardless of the criticism that the Trump administration has received for the executive order, it has already been put into action.
As the New York Times reports, humanitarian organizations have been tasked with the difficult job of breaking the news to families that they will be unable to immigrate into the U.S. and canceling their long-planned programs. However, some refugees were in flight at the time that the order was signed and were subsequently detained at airports upon arrival into the United States.
There have been several notable cases thus far that have caught the attention of many. One such case is that of two Iraqi refugees held at Kennedy International Airport in New York. Attorneys for the two refugees filed a motion early on Saturday with the goal of having their clients released.
Similarly, leading young Iranian scientist Seyed Soheil Saeedi Saravi planned to travel to Boston, where he had been awarded a fellowship to study cardiovascular medicine at Harvard, ultimately was unable to travel there because the visas for him and his wife had been indefinitely suspended.
Trump’s executive order suspended entry of refugees into the country for 120 days, banned the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry into the country for 90 days for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
According to the White House, under Mr. Trump’s executive order, the restrictions on immigration would protect “the United States from foreign nationals entering from countries compromised by terrorism, as well as implement “a more rigorous vetting process.”
Critics have spoken out in troves against Trump’s order, especially in light of the immediate damage that it is capable of doing — namely to those who have no ill intentions for wanting to enter the country, seeking refuge from dangerous situations abroad.