President Donald Trump's executive order banning Syrian refugees and citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the USA faced significant logistical issues during its first weekend, with green card and visa holders detained in airports all over the country. "But I think they were fake tears".
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Sunday afternoon there were six people being held for questioning at Kennedy Airport in relation to Trump's travel ban, but the New York Immigration Coalition said, as of Sunday night, that the figure was "as high as 52".
Democrats will fight President Donald Trump's "unconstitutional" refugee ban, pledged a teary-eyed Sen.
The order was met with chaos over the weekend, as legal residents holding green cards were detained in airports, prevented from entering the country, sparking massive protests and leading to condemnation of the order from business leaders and politicians on both sides of the the aisle.
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer called on President Donald Trump to reverse his recent executive order barring some people from entering the country and said Senate Democrats would be introducing legislation to overturn the order. Some Republican senators have already openly opposed Trump's order, including: Iowa Sen.
The president's list of causes of the "big problems" includes "the tears of Senator Schumer".
"This executive order was mean spirited, un-American".
The developments came a day after a federal judge in NY issued an emergency order temporarily barring the USA from deporting people from the seven majority Muslim nations subject to Mr Trump's 90-day travel ban. The American Civil Liberties Union, which sought the emergency court order, said it would help 100 to 200 people with valid visas or refugee status who found themselves detained in transit or at USA airports.
Among those detained were multiple American heroes, including a U.S. Army interpreter who served in Iraq for more than ten years.
The order halts the Syrian refugee program and bans people from seven Muslim-majority countries from coming to the U.S. John McCain of Arizona, who warned Sunday that Trump's order could become a "self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism" by giving the appearance the United States is anti-Muslim.
But his statement said nothing about the kind of confusion taking hold at airports as authorities sorted through the hastily-passed executive order.