News Trumps refugee ban sparks outrage & chaos at US airports as Muslim refugees & travelers are denied entry.

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News Trumps refugee ban sparks outrage & chaos at US airports as Muslim refugees & travelers are denied entry.

News  Trumps refugee ban sparks outrage & chaos at US airports as Muslim refugees & travelers are denied entry.

A newlywed blocked from bringing her husband to Florida.

Legal U.S. residents barred from returning to their homes.

Airline passengers booted from flights worldwide.

The wide-reaching ramifications of President Trump’s refugee ban unfolded around the globe Saturday, spawning uncertainty and criticism of the crackdown on refugees from predominantly Muslim nations.

“It’s working out very nicely,” Trump told reporters in the White House. “You see it in the airports, you see it all over.”

Protesters, lawyers and lawmakers descended on airports to show their support for the trapped travelers.

Gov. Cuomo said he was ordering state agencies to explore “all legal options to assist anyone detained at New York airports, and ensure that their rights are protected.”         

“I never thought I’d see the day when refugees who have fled war-torn countries in search of a better life would be turned away at our doorstep,” he said after two Iraqi men were detained at JFK Airport.

“This is not who we are. And not who we should be.”

In Philadelphia, Sen. Bob Casey ditched a charity event and hailed a cab to the international airport to help a detained Syrian family, his spokesman said. He was still dressed in formal regalia — a white tie and tails.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined demonstrators in Logan International Airport near Boston while civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis settled into a chair at the Atlanta airport to wait for a detained Iranian family.

Permanent legal U.S. residents and visa holders from the seven majority Muslim nations on Trump’s list won’t be allowed back into the country for 90 days even if their documents are in order.

Some legal residents were in mid-flight when Trump signed his executive order Friday — and were detained at airports upon arrival back in the States.  

“Imagine being put back on a 12-hour flight and the trauma and craziness of this whole thing,” said immigration lawyer Mana Yegani. “These are people that are coming in legally.

“They have jobs here and they have vehicles here.”

One Google employee of Iranian descent barely made it back to the U.S. before the ban went into effect, and the company said more than 100 of its workers were affected.

A senior Trump administration official said green card holders from the nations of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen would need a waiver to return to the U.S.

Green card holders in the U.S. would need to meet with a consular official before leaving the country, according to the official.

Trump said the first full day of the ban was going smoothly, but insisted, “It’s not a Muslim ban.”   

“We are going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years.”

Fatima Ashkir, a Somali-American living in Florida, traveled to Mogadishu to marry her boyfriend. Now she wonders if they can ever share a life together in the United States.

“I am shocked beyond words,” said Ashkir. “This will mean that my new husband will never be able to join me in the U.S.”

Mohammad Hosseuin Ziya, 33, fled Iran for the U.S. in 2011 over his political activism. He was planning a trip to Dubai next month to visit his father, but that now seems impossible.

“I never thought something like this would happen in America,” said Ziya. “I can’t go back to Iran. And it’s possible I won’t be able to return here — a place that is like my second country.”

Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project, said such examples illustrated the problems with the Trump approach.  

“President Trump’s war on equality is already taking a terrible human toll,” said Jadwat. “This ban cannot be allowed to continue.”

And the Council on American-Islamic Relations plans a legal challenge to the executive order’s constitutionality.

The Iranian foreign ministry was considering a cap on American tourist visas as payback from the Trump plan.

“Iran, to defend the dignity of the great Iranian nation, will implement the principle of reciprocity until the removal of the insulting restriction against Iranian nationals,” it said in a statement.

Canada’s JetWest Airlines, EgyptAir, the Dutch airline KLM and Qatar Airways were among carriers turning away ticket-holding passengers headed to the U.S. because of the ban.

French President Francois Hollande encouraged his fellow European leaders to present a united resistance to the positions espoused by Trump.

“Europe is facing a moment of truth,” said Hollande. “What we are hearing from the U.S. encourages populism and even extremism. They are saying that Europe should not take immigrants, shouldn’t stay together, not believe in climate change.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it clear that his nation would step up where the U.S. was stepping back.

“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith,” he tweeted Saturday. “Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”

 

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