PASSENGERS travelling to the USA are being prevented from entering the country just hours after President Trump introduced a ban on Muslims.Seven people, six Iraqis and a Yemeni, were stopped from boarding a flight from Cairo, Egypt, to New York today despite having valid visas to travel to America.
Vrijenhoek said she had no specifics on their nationalities, although she confirmed they were from countries affected by the three-month immigration ban – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.The ban sparked panic yesterday when it came into effect at 4.30pm with many passengers left in legal limbo as to whether or not their valid visas would be accepted if they tried to enter the US.
Yesterday two Iraqi men, who had valid visas, were detained by border guards when they landed in New York, according to the New York Times reports .One of them, Hameed Khalid Darweesh – who works as an interpreter for the US government in Iraq – was released this afternoon.After being detained for nearly 19 hours, he cried began to cried as he hugged friends and protesters in emotional scenes.He told reporters: “What I do for this country? They put the cuffs on.
“You know how many soldiers I touch by this hand?”The other man, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, still remains in custody as lawyers argue for his release.
It is also understood that Google have recalled all their staff travelling abroad back to America over visa fears.Bloomberg News reports that a memo sent to Google’s staff stated that over 100 employees were affected by the situation.The memo, written by the tech giant’s CEO Sundar Pichai, read: “It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues.”We’ve always made our view on immigration issues known publicly and will continue to do so.”