In a stunning defeat for the fledgling Trump Administration, the ACLU on Saturday obtained a temporary nationwide emergency Stay of Execution from Federal Judge Anne Donnelly in Brooklyn. The Stay prevents all those detained at airports from being deported back to their countries, and included an Iraqi Muslim refugee trying to enter the USA. Chants of “USA, USA!” resounded at Dallas Fort Worth Airport amongst many others across the nation. Shouts of jubilation rose up in the cold January air outside the courthouse in Brooklyn New York as soon supporters heard the news of the Stay.
Massive protests quickly erupted all over the country shortly after President Trump’s Executive Order went into action on Saturday, which targeted Muslims to be banned from entering the United States. Critics called the move “dangerous”, as it targeted immigrants with valid green cards, as well as refugees from Syria and other countries. Observers pointed out that there was not a single terror attack coming from Syria, yet countries such as Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and UAE which have harbored 911 terrorists were not on the list. Pundits noted that President Trump “coincidentally” has significant business holdings in these countries. Critics called out the order as setting an atmosphere that breeds fear, paranoia, as well as Islamophobia, not to mention the use of the order as a recruitment tool by terrorist organizations.
The Trump Administration may still win the case on appeal but for now, the ACLU and Democracy claim victory. It remains to be seen what the next move of the new President will be.