Just one week into his presidency, Donald Trump has suffered his first defeat by a US court. Following the enactment of new immigration policy that led to hundreds finding themselves trapped at airports across North America, a Federal judge in Brooklyn overruled Trump’s action in part, preventing the deportation of scores of individuals caught up in the chaos.
However, the ruling did not extend far enough to grant the individuals in question access to the United States – many of whom remain stuck at the nation’s airports for another day.
The decision of Mr. Trump to impose both ‘extreme vetting’ and the immediate suspension of all refugees to the United States for a period of 120 days has been met with extreme criticism by a growing number of world leaders. The order, which was enacted on Friday afternoon, also blocked for a period of 90 days entry of all citizens of Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iraq and Iran.
Along with those seeking entry to the United States for the first time, the Department of homeland Security confirmed that individuals from these countries who carried green cards would also be barred re-entry to the country. In order to once again access the United States, such individuals would first have to receive a waiver on a case-by-case basis, authorities stated.
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets outside airports across the country, while two Iraqi immigrants accused Donald Trump of legal and constitutional overreach. It is estimated that the legal action taken against the government to invalidate or block the deportation order could have an impact on up to 200 individuals who are currently being held at a number of North American airports.
An immediate and extensive crackdown on immigration – particular from Muslim nations – represented one of Trump’s key promises on the campaign trail. Human rights groups on a global basis have lashed out at the government’s actions, which have led to hundreds of legal permanent residence of the US being able to once again return home with their green cards, having travelled abroad to study, attend funerals, take vacations and so on.
Those with green cards who fear they may be barred re-entry to the United States are being advised to speak with consular offices before leaving for home, according to an anonymous White House official.
But while much of the world remains united in its outrage of Trump’s action, his supporters have praised the move as a bold, necessary and welcome turning point for national security.