Arrivals To US Blocked And Detained As Trump's Immigration Freeze Sets In

An airplane of Emirates Airlines in Dubai

An airplane of Emirates Airlines in Dubai

Egyptian authorities barred on Saturday an Iraqi family from travelling to the United States upon the request of U.S. authorities, a security source at Cairo International Airport told Ahram Online. According to court papers filed in downtown Brooklyn, Hameed Khalid Darweesh had worked on behalf of the US government in Iraq for 10 years.

Several Iraqi refugees in Cairo, who had been cleared for resettlement in the USA, have been blocked from boarding their flight to New York City.

Back in Arbil, the pharmaceutical industry manager, who had previously worked for an NGO subcontracted by the United States aid agency, said he was devastated.

The move came one day after Trump temporarily banned travelers from seven countries, including Iraq, into the U.S. Nadler and Nydia Velazquez say they are continuing to work for the release of 11 other people still held at the airport in NY. The filing says both men are being held at the airport by Customs and Border Protection "solely pursuant to an executive order issued" Friday.

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At a press conference, Darweesh said he had turned over his passport and was taken aside as his family was allowed in the country.

On Friday, Mr. Trump temporarily banned entry to the US for all refugees and citizens of seven Muslim majority nations: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. KLM and Qatar Airways are indicating that green card holders or holders of diplomatic visas (A, G, C-2 or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, ) from the seven countries are allowed to fly.

The seven migrants, escorted by officials from the United Nations refugee agency, were stopped from boarding the plane after authorities at Cairo airport contacted their counterparts in JFK airport, the officials said.

Trump said that the measures were necessary to protect the USA from 'radical Islamic terrorists'.

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