Protests at JFK
Protestors rally during a demonstration against the immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 28, 2017 in New York City. Protests broke out at John F. Kennedy airport in New York after reports emerged that refugees and immigrants from Muslim majority war-torn countries were being detained at American airports or blocked from boarding flights to America as President Donald Trump's immigration executive order takes effect. There were two high profile reports of Iraqi men detained at JFK, including a man who was an interpreter for the U.S. military but who was later released under an exemption in the executive order. CNN reported that Trump's immigration ban temporarily blocks 130 million people from theoretically entering the United States. The reports circulated about mass detentions at other airports, such as in Dallas, Texas, where local news reports said 50 people had been detained. Those impacted by the order included Hameed Darweesh, the Iraqi man who helped the U.S. military as an interpreter in Iraq (although he was later freed) and a woman trying to visit her cancer-stricken mother.
President Trump, in signing the executive order, said it was designed to weed out Islamic radical terrorists who might come to America to cause harm. However, there were already reports on January 28 - the day after the order - that those affected might include an Iranian filmmaker whose film was nominated for an Academy Award and employees of Google. Many people were also confused about whether they or loved ones would be affected by the order and how, including green card holders, students overseas, and Canadians with dual citizenship from one of the affected countries in the ban. According to CNN, Trump's order bans "citizens of Iraq and six other Muslim-majority countries - a total of at least 134 million people - from entering the US for the next 90 days. It also suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days." CNN reported that the ban affects "students and legal US residents who are citizens of the seven countries banned by Trump and are now stuck overseas." The affected countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen. Immigration from all but Syria was temporarily suspended; Syrian immigration was indefinitely suspended. There are narrow exemptions that can be granted in some cases. See photos from the JFK protests. Photos from other airports will be added as they emerge. (Getty)