On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (EO) banning citizens of seven Muslim countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—from entering the United States. In addition, the EO suspended the already anemic refugee program for ninety days and banned Syrian refugees indefinitely. Chaos ensued as two hundred inbound travelers with valid visas, green card holders, and dual citizens were detained in US ports of entry. Some unfortunate few were deported, while others remained in limbo as the American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations contested the constitutionality of the ban before Judge Ann M. Donnelly of Federal District Court in Brooklyn. Donnelly subsequently ordered that the detained travelers not be deported. Another US District Court judge, James Robart of Washington State, halted the ban altogether on February 3, 2017.

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