CNN producer sues over Trump refugee order

CNN producer sues over Trump refugee order

Mohammed Tawfeeq, a CNN producer, editor and Iraqi national who was detained at an Atlanta airport on Sunday, has filed a federal lawsuit challenging President Trump's executive order on immigration, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Tawfeeq has been a permanent legal resident of the U.S. since 2013.


Tawfeeq’s CNN duties include frequently traveling to the Middle East, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday.

“This is a basic request to clarify and assert his rights under the law. We support him in this effort and hope its resolved quickly," a CNN spokesperson told The Hill. 

Tawfeeq was detained Sunday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for additional screening, delaying his entry into the United States. 

“The executive order has greatly increased the uncertainty involved in current and future international travel for returning lawful permanent residents like Mr. Tawfeeq,” the lawsuit states.

Trump's executive order bars people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia from entering the U.S. for 90 days. It also bars refugees from entering the country for 120 days and indefinitely for Syrian refugees.

Updated at 10:02 a.m.