US-bound Muslim travellers are stopped from boarding flights as Donald Trump’s ban sweeps into force

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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.

A woman greets her mother after she arrived from Dubai at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York

A woman greets her mother after she arrived from Dubai at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York
A Muslim woman waits for her family to arrive at the airport in New York

A Muslim woman waits for her family to arrive at the airport in New York
Donald Trump

Seven US-bound migrants are stopped from boarding flight in Cairo as Trump’s ban on refugees from seven Muslim countries sweeps into force.Dutch airline KLM also revealed it has had to turn away seven would-be passengers because they would no longer have been accepted into the US.KLM spokesperson Manel Vrijenhoek said: “We would love to bring them there. That’s not the problem.”It’s just that this is what the US sprang on the rest of the world that these people are no longer welcome.”She revealed the seven were due to fly with KLM from different airports around the world.

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.

Iraqi immigrant Hameed Darwish is hugged after being released at John F. Kennedy International Airport

Iraqi immigrant Hameed Darwish is hugged after being released at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Darwish embraces Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez after he was released today

 
Darwish embraces Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez after he was released today
Darweesh, who works as an interpreter for the US in Iraq, was detained for 19 hours

 
Darweesh, who works as an interpreter for the US in Iraq, was detained for 19 hours.
A woman exits immigration after arriving in New York from Dubai

A woman exits immigration after arriving in New York from Dubai
Women check their luggage after arriving on a flight to New York from Dubai

Women check their luggage after arriving on a flight to New York from Dubai

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.”

A protester walks through Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport

A protester walks through Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport
Anti-Trump protesters

Protesters gathered in New York last night to rally against Trump’s ban.The new ban was introduced by the Republican president yesterday as part of a move that he described as allowing for “extreme vetting” and to “keep terrorists out”.Using an executive order, the reality television star is denying people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia entry to the USA for 90 days.He has also suspended the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days.

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