NEW YORK: A demonstration was organized on short notice at JFK airport to protest the detentions, and another Democratic lawmaker, Nydia Velazquez, joined Nadler at the airport.
The advocacy groups asked that their challenge be given class action status so they can represent all refugees and travelers held up because of US President Donald Trump’s executive order on Friday.
The New York Times reported that airport authorities started detaining travelers as early as Friday night.
And reports abroad said people from the seven countries cited in the order were being prevented from boarding US-bound planes.
But it was not immediately clear how many travelers got caught up in Trump’s crackdown, which he says is necessary to prevent Islamist terrorists from entering the US.
The largest African-American advocacy group in the US, the NAACP, said Trump’s order will harm black Muslim families in America because many trace their heritage to Somalia, one of the seven countries cited in Trump’s order.
“This will traumatize, terrorize, and potentially separate many American families,” the NAACP Legal Defense Fund said. – AFP