Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe held a press conference at Dulles International Airport, where he said one family had been detained. The Democratic governor criticized Trump's order as one that will "breed hatred toward Americans around the globe."
Local news reports indicated that some 50 people were being held at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. One Syrian Christian family who had been working with Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) was detained at Philadelphia International Airport and then subsequently forced to leave, according to the congressman.
One of the most high-profile cases Saturday involved two Iraqis with valid visas who had just landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. One was an Iraqi who had assisted U.S. troops; the other was arriving in the U.S. to reunite with his refugee family.
The men’s lawyers filed a lawsuit to get their release; two Democratic members of the Congress, Reps. Jerry Nadler and Nydia Velazquez rushed to the scene to urge U.S. officials to release the men. Both were eventually released.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, also a New York Democrat, said he had spoken on the phone with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and urged him to rescind the relevant executive measures.
"These executive orders were mean-spirited and un-American in their origin, and implemented in a way that has caused chaos and confusion across the country," Schumer said in a statement. "They will only serve to embolden and inspire those around the globe who would do us harm. They must be reversed, immediately.”
...Perhaps most surprising, the administration also insisted the order applied to U.S. legal permanent residents (so-called green-card holders) who hailed from those seven countries and had been traveling abroad. Such individuals would have to get an as-yet undefined new vetting process before being allowed back into the United States. Foreigners with multiple nationalities who hold citizenship in any of those countries as well — such as a French-Libyan person — also are temporarily barred from entry.
ACLU celebrates: 'I hope Trump enjoys losing'
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is celebrating after a federal judge ruled in its favor, temporarily halting the removal of refugees and immigrants detained following President Trump's immigration ban.
“I hope Trump enjoys losing. He’s going to lose so much we’re going to get sick and tired of his losing,” ACLU national political director Faiz Shakir told Yahoo News shortly after the decision was announced.