Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson posted video of Saturday night’s protest at Logan Airport
U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, called the federal court ruling suspending part of President Trump’s 90-day ban on the immigration of refugees from seven Islamic nations a limited victory.
“Tonight’s stay was a victory, but a limited one. This executive order must be reversed,” Hassan tweeted.
ACLU-NH’s Gilles Bissonnette said the ruling showed the court worked as a defense against government abuse.
“This ruling preserves the status quo and ensures that people who have been granted permission to be in this country are not illegally removed off U.S. soil,” said Bissonnette, legal director of ACLU-NH.
Bissonnette added: “Our courts today worked as they should as bulwarks against government abuse and unconstitutional policies.”
Gov. Chris Sununu didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Sitting in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn on Saturday night, Judge Ann M. Donnelly’s ruling halted deportations, but refugees abroad remain in limbo, Mother Jones Magazine reported.
Donnelly said the risk of injury to those detained by being returned to their home countries necessitated the decision, according to the Washington Post. Protests erupted at airports across the country as people were being detained because of Friday’s executive order.
Earlier Saturday, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen criticized President Trump’s executive order that bars refugees and citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. The order also prevents Iraqis who supported the U.S. mission and face threats as a result, from coming to the United States, Shaheen said.
“This executive order is Un-American & grossly inhumane. We are a nation of immigrants that should remain welcoming to all nations & faiths,” Shaheen said.