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Federal judge grants ACLU motion; places limited, temporary stay on refugee executive order

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Protesters assemble at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 after two after two Iraqi refugees were detained while trying to enter the country. On Friday, Jan. 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending all immigration from countries with terrorism concerns for 90 days. Countries included in the ban are Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, which are all Muslim-majority nations. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

A federal judge in New York has granted a motion filed by the ACLU to grant a temporary emergency stay on the enforcement of an executive order signed by President Donald Trump which placed a temporary halt on the refugee program instituted by former President Barack Obama.

The ACLU filed the motion on behalf of two men who became the subject of nationwide coverage when they were detained at JFK Airport in New York as a result of some of the confusion generated by the Executive Order despite having lawful entrance visas to the United States. After the judge’s ruling, both men were granted entry to the United States.

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