The President's executive order has been temporarily halted.
The federal court for the Eastern District of New York issued an emergency stay, temporarily allowing people who have landed in the US with valid visas to stay in the country.
The court ruled on a complaint filed on behalf of Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Sameer Abdulkhaleq, who were denied entry to the US after landing at JFK airport in New York City and detained by Customs and Border Patrol.
The court ruled on a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Sameer Abdulkhaleq, who were denied entry to the US after landing at JFK airport in New York City and detained by Customs and Border Patrol.
The ACLU estimates the stay will affect 100 to 200 people detained at US airports or in transit, but government lawyers have not confirmed the figure.
The ruling was given by Judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York during a hearing called in response to the President’s executive order, blocking people from seven majority-Muslim countries entering the US and putting a temporary halt to refugee admissions.
Protests were held in response to the President's executive order.
Some legal experts have argued the order is unconstitutional.
US Customs and Border Protection has denied more than 170 people entry to the US as of Saturday night, according to officials at the Department of Homeland Security.
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