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Federal Juged Block's Trump's Ban: 11 refugees and green card holders still detained

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday that temporarily bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries as well as all refugees from entering the United States, hastily stranding an unknown number of U.S. visa holders abroad, throwing hundreds of thousands of permanent U.S. residents into legal limbo, and prompting a swift and widespread backlash amidst the sudden chaos. 

The order also indefinitely bans entry for all Syrian refugees and establishes a religious test for refugees moving forward, prioritizing Christians and members of religious minority groups in Muslim countries. Trump, who at one point during his presidential campaign said that all Muslims should be banned from entering the U.S., tried to frame Friday’s executive order as a way to establish “new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.”

A federal judge in New York has issued an emergency stay temporarily halting the removal of individuals detained after President Trump issued an order to ban immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

The move appears to mark the first successful legal challenge to the Trump administration and affects those who have arrived in the U.S. with previously approved refugee applications or were in transit with valid visas.

U.S. District Court Judge Ann Donnelly ruled in favor of a habeas corpus petition filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of two Iraqi men who were detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday after Trump signed his order.

Donnelly, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama and confirmed to her judgeship in 2015, ruled in the Eastern District of New York that "there is imminent danger that, absent the stay of removal, there will be substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa-holders, and other individuals from nations subject" to Trump's order.

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