Airports across America are detaining travellers following President Donald Trump’s executive order barring travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.
The order temporarily bans refugees and visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen from entering the country, while Syrians are banned indefinitely.
Federal judges in several states ruled on Saturday and Sunday that people being detained should be released.
Images and videos of released detainees are going viral on social networks.
Here’s the moment some travellers were released at Washington’s Dulles International Airport:
Many also shared images of a 5-year-old boy at Dulles being reunited with his mother, who is Iranian, after several hours of questioning:
Daily Beast politics reporter Betsy Woodruff tweeted an image of an elderly couple who were released from detention:
This video shows Vahideh Rasekh, a Ph.D student at New York’s Stony Brook University, speaking to a crowd after being held at JFK Airport for 20 hours:
Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted a photo of him greeting detainees who were held at the Dallas Fort Worth airport and apologised to them:
VIDEO: Mother from Iran, 5-year-old son reunited after he was detained for several hours at Dulles Airport: https://t.co/NwpHxJBG7C pic.twitter.com/LPxGCxNWdr
— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) January 29, 2017
Moments ago, @JudgeClayJ and I greeted travellers who were detained at @DFWAirport since yesterday. We are very sorry. pic.twitter.com/BHFkpFwNzI
— Mayor Mike Rawlings (@Mike_Rawlings) January 29, 2017
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