Free at Last: The Fate of Green Card and Visa Holders Detained at U.S. Airports

Darweesh v. Trump might just be the next seminal immigration case. On Saturday evening, January, 28, 2016, Federal Judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York ordered, "No body it to removed in the class." The class she referred to included an indeterminate number of travelers hailing from predominantly Muslin countries. After landing on U.S. soil, these travelers, holding valid visas and approved refugee applications, learned that they would have to return to their countries of origin.

These individuals, all who had been vetted, fell short of clearing Trump's executive order. They were caught in transit and facing deportation for the unfortunate circumstance. 

So who do we have to thank for this? The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and various other groups banded together to make sure these individuals will receive due process, the bare minimum guarantee under our U.S. Constitution.

The stay issued by Judge Donnelly enjoins the government from deporting anyone because of this executive order.

It is important to note that Darweesh, one of the first individuals detained on American soil following the executive order, works for the U.S Government as an interpreter and contractor. He was in possession of a Special Immigrant Visa, but even that was not enough until Judge Donnelly took action to have him released from custody. 

The Department of Homeland Security refused to issue comment.