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Airline and courts challenge Trump's executive order for citizens from restricted countries
Friday, February 03, 2017
by Martin Barillas

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts of Detroit issued a temporary restraining order today on the executive order proclaimed by President Trump last week that restricted immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. Those countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen. 

The restraining order came as a result of a suit filed by the Arab-American Civil Rights League on January 31, which argued that the executive was unconstitutional and targets immigrant communities. The organization represents about six plaintiffs who are legal permanent residents, some of whom have been turned down for flights bound for the U.S. The order issued by the federal judge reaffirms that the travel restriction does not apply to lawful permanent residents of the country, including those hold green cards.

The Trump administration had already issued a clarification of the order to indicate that permanent residents may apply to return to the U.S. without a waiver.

An internal document distributed by Germany's Lufthansa airlines tells employees that according to an order by a federal district court in Massachusetts, the airline will accept passengers with valid travel documents if they are on Lufthansa flights bound for Boston. Thus, Lufthansa appears to alone among airlines resisting the visa ban for flights to Boston.

Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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