10 still detained at JFK airport under immigration ban: reports

10 still detained at JFK airport under immigration ban: reports
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Ten people were still being detained Sunday afternoon at John F. Kennedy Airport, following President Trump's executive order calling for a 90-day ban on nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries entering the United States. 

That figures came from Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) according to DNA Info.

Jeffries told reporters Sunday that lawmakers are trying to get people who have been detained at JFK released to their family members as soon as possible, according to a video posted by a reporter from The New York Daily News.

"One of the things that's been most outrageous about the detentions is that there are several individuals, who have been held here, in some cases for more than 30 hours, who are permanent legal residents of the United States of America," he said.

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"There's absolutely no reason for a lawful permanent resident to be detained in their home country."

Jeffries said this is a result of Trump's "unprecedented, unconstitutional order."

He added there are other people who have been detained whose family members are "active duty United States military soldiers."

The executive order the president signed on Friday bars Syrian refugees indefinitely and halts the country's refugee resettlement program for four months.  

A federal judge in New York on Saturday night granted an emergency stay, temporarily halting the removal of people detained following Trump's order.
 
The move appears to mark the first successful legal challenge to the Trump administration and affects those who have arrived in the U.S. with previously approved refugee applications or were in transit with valid visas. Similar rulings were later issued in Virginia, Massachusetts and Washington state.
 
On Saturday, large protests broke out at JFK, calling on the country to welcome immigrants and refugees. They continued Sunday across the country.