ACLU files lawsuit against Trump White House over refugee ban

This Saturday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the White House on the behalf of two men to were traveling back to the U.S. due to President Trump‘s refugee ban.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit on the behalf of Iraqis Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq, who were  detained and threatened with deportation shortly after arriving at Kennedy International Airport this Friday, just hours after Trump’s executive order went into effect.

From The Hill:

Darweesh worked as an interpreter, engineer and contractor for the U.S. government in Iraq from about 2003 to 2013, according to the complaint filed in the Eastern District of New York. His life was in danger in Iraq because of his ties to the U.S., the ACLU said.

Alshawi was traveling to Houston, Texas, to join his wife and child, who are both permanent legal residents of the U.S.

Trump signed the executive order this Friday which barred people from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States, which include Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, and Libya.

Featured image: Gage Skidmore

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