Chaos, panic and anger over Trump’s immigrant ban

President Donald Trump’s sweeping ban on people seeking refuge in the United States and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries caused confusion and panic among travellers on Saturday, with some turned back from US -bound flights.

Immigration lawyers in New York sued to block the order, saying numerous people have already been unlawfully detained.

The new Republican president on Friday put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travellers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries. He said the moves would protect Americans from terrorism, in a swift and stern delivery on a campaign promise.

The bans affect travellers with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

A woman waits for family to arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York. (REUTERS)  

The action prompted fury from Arab travellers in the Middle East and North Africa who said it was humiliating and discriminatory. It drew widespread criticism from US Western allies including France and Germany, Arab-American groups and human rights organizations.

Iran condemned the order as an “open affront against the Muslim world and the Iranian nation” and vowed to retaliate. Of the seven countries targeted, Iran sends the most visitors to the United States each year – around 35,000 in 2015, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The ban extends to green card holders who are authorized to live and work in the United States, according to Gillian Christensen, a Homeland Security spokeswoman.

It was unclear how many green card holders would be affected, but exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.

Legal residents of the United States were plunged into despair at the prospect of being unable to return to the United States or being separated from family members trapped abroad. Immigration lawyers worked through the night to help stranded travellers and enforcement at entry points was uneven.

Women check their luggage after arriving on a flight from Dubai on Emirates Flight 203 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York. (REUTERS)

“I never thought something like this would happen in America,” said Mohammad Hossein Ziya, 33, who came to the United States in 2011 after being forced to leave Iran for his political activities.

Ziya, who lives in Virginia, has a green card and planned to travel to Dubai next week to see his elderly father. “I can’t go back to Iran, and it’s possible I won’t be able to return here, a place that is like my second country,” he said.

Saleh Taghvaeian, 36, teaches agricultural water management at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, said he feared his wife will not be able to return from Iran after a visit.

“In Iran they’re not being allowed to get on the airplane,” he said.

In Cairo, five Iraqi passengers and one Yemeni were barred from boarding an EgyptAir flight to New York on Saturday, sources at Cairo airport said. Dutch airline KLM [AIRF.PA] said on Saturday it had refused carriage to the United States to seven passengers from predominantly Muslim countries.

At least three lawyers from the International Refugee Assistance Project were at the arrivals lounge at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4, buried in their laptops and conference calls, photocopies of individuals’ U.S. visas on hand.

“Just because Trump signed something at 6 p.m. yesterday, things are coming to a crashing halt,” said Mana Yegani, an immigration lawyer in Houston. “It’s scary.”

She and fellow lawyers worked all night fielding calls from travellers with student and worker visas who were being denied entry into the United States and ordered on flights back to the Muslim-majority countries.

Enforcement of the order was spotty and disorganized.

Travelers were handled differently at different points of entry and immigration lawyers were advising clients to change their destination to the more lenient airports, said Yegani, who works with the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order he said would impose tighter vetting to prevent foreign terrorists from entering the United States at the Pentagon in Washington. (REUTERS)

The order seeks to prioritize refugees fleeing religious persecution. In a television interview, Trump said the measure was aimed at helping Christians in Syria.

Some legal experts said that carve-out showed the order was unconstitutional, as it would violate the US right to freedom of religion. But others said the president and US Congress have latitude to choose who receives asylum.

Lawyers from numerous immigration organizations and the American Civil Liberties Union sued in federal court in Brooklyn on behalf of two Iraqi men, one a former US government worker and the other the husband of a former US security contractor.

The two men had visas to enter the United States but were detained on Friday night at Kennedy airport, hours after Trump’s executive order, the lawsuit said.

Green card holders were also being stopped and questioned for several hours. Officials also denied travellers with dual Canadian and Iranian citizenship from boarding planes in Canada that were headed to the United States, Yegani said.

“These are people that are coming in legally. They have jobs here and they have vehicles here,” Yegani said.

Those with visas from Muslim-majority countries have gone through background checks with U.S. authorities, Yegani noted.

Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway reaffirmed the president’s decision in a Twitter post on Saturday.

“@POTUS is a man of action and impact. Promises made, promises kept. Shock to the system. And he’s just getting started,” she tweeted.



65 Responses to Chaos, panic and anger over Trump’s immigrant ban

  1. Carson C Cadogan January 28, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Good work Trump.

    We once had over 50,000 illegal Guyanese here in Barbados encouraged by the Barbdos Labour Party.

    We had to deal with them too.

    • Toby Baker January 28, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Er….these peopla are not illegal immigrants, they are visa and Green card holders.You are as ignorant as Donald Trump.

    • Chase January 28, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      No where did I read that these people were illegal. They’re just Muslims. They have green cards, visas and dual citizenship in some cases. Some have lived there for years but are being denied entry because of their country of birth. Smh. I hope nothing bad ever happens to the USA. I wonder which country will ever help them then.

    • Peter January 28, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      S Carson C Cadogan. What do you say of the over 15 thousand Illegal Bajans squatting on the land running alongside the Suzdyke Linden Highway? The Guyana government were approached by concerned Guyanese and were told to “LEAVE THEM ALONE… THEY’RE OUR CARIBBEAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS. They are given the land FREE. You Carson C Cadogan are a nasty DEM liar. there were never more than 5,000 undocumented Guyanese in Barbados at any given time. Now that their economy is about to boom again let’s see how many Bajans will rush down there like they go to the USA on a visitors visa and move to other states, join a church group and send back money for DEM. Oh yeah.he Guyana Government is constructing the LARGEST trans shipment port which will employ 25,000 Caribbean people. and will earn them Billions of US$ as they link all the South American exporting countries to North America, Europe and Scandanavia not leaving OUT THE African Continent. Your belly must be burning you now. DEM dog.

  2. Ronnie Warren
    Ronnie Warren January 28, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    We Bajans have to have visas to travel to the US, we do things the legal way. This in a nutshell ain’t we problem…..moving on.

    • Mary Amos
      Mary Amos January 28, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      This can easily be replaced by any American marginalized or group:
      First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Socialist.

      Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

      Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Jew.

      Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    • Ronnie Warren
      Ronnie Warren January 28, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      Oh please that is as old as the hills. We caribbean people have always played tge game according to the rules.

      • Joseph Jo January 28, 2017 at 5:30 pm

        Why have we Caribbeans always played by the rules?
        It’s by nature, but by many years of the hard work of our massa, and now that massa’s are gone we are left with the overseers “Governor Generals” …………….

    • Juanna Bovell
      Juanna Bovell January 28, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Ronnie Warren

      Yes…. We have always been in position to beg for something or the other. I don’t know if you noticed if that’s how “we play the game by the rules” and that’s absolutely no way to carry on if you have any self respect as a country.

      Funny how you should bring up Caribbean people having visas…. You know how so many get treated by the various embassies?

      How do you know that the people from those regions are in mass doing something illegally? A good few of those countries are being bombed by the US or have been bombed by the US what’s legal about that?

    • Katrina Sealy
      Katrina Sealy January 28, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Ronnie you do realize that persons with valid visas and green card holders are being denied entry. Persons who are law abiding citizens cannot returned to their homes. For a Lodge school graduated your logic is displaced. 32 countries are on that list seven of which are major Muslim countries how would you feel for BIM was on that list?

    • Ronnie Warren
      Ronnie Warren January 28, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      People who have green cards and or valid visas are not being denied entry. Where do you get your info from. Call the visa section on Monday….logic displaced, please.

    • Ronnie Warren
      Ronnie Warren January 28, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Stop listening to CNN….lol

    • Star J Roach
      Star J Roach January 28, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      “The Department of Homeland Security said that the executive order barred green card holders from those countries from re-entering the United States.”

      Trump’s Order Blocks Immigrants at Airports, Stoking Fear Around Globe

    • Dorry Pi
      Dorry Pi January 28, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Green card holders and ppl with visas are being denied entry right now. Hence the chaos.

    • Dwayne Williams
      Dwayne Williams January 28, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      That’s the problem with “we Bajans” if it in affecting us directly we care not. But wait for other updates

    • Katrina Sealy
      Katrina Sealy January 28, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Are u certain??? Did u read the executive order i did. Its not a secret document. And yes, displaced logic and my source is just not CNN.

    • Ronnie Warren
      Ronnie Warren January 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Green card holders from the seven muslim countries only are included in the ban. I waz wrong here but only those 7 countriez.

    • Star J Roach
      Star J Roach January 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      That is still a BIG problem!

    • Katrina Sealy
      Katrina Sealy January 28, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Still didn’t tell me how you would feel if BIM was on that list! No country wants terrorist and yes I will support my government and President even though I do not agree with all his decisions. Still, if your father commits a crime should I hold you accountable.

    • Katrina Sealy
      Katrina Sealy January 28, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Not all muslims are terrorist, not all bajans drink rum n coke or eat cou cou and flying fish.
      I went to Mexico once in a cruise before citizenship and was grilled by immigrations officers caused I looked “Spanish” told me I paid to used someone else’s documents that’s looks similar! So yes I’m believe when valid news sources report that people or being detained denied entry as I’ve been there.

    • Ronnie Warren
      Ronnie Warren January 28, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Trinidad could be on that list shortly but green card holders are legal residents but not citizens. If you are from one of the 7 you will be required to be vetted before leaving. The mix here is the difference between resident and citizen..Katrina Sealy.

    • Ronnie Warren
      Ronnie Warren January 28, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Never the less while it maybe confusing it is good for people who live within the US.

    • Katrina Sealy
      Katrina Sealy January 28, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Ronnie Warren I understand that ( difference between green card and citizen). My point is simple; they shouldn’t be detained with the correct legal papers. People have lives to get back to.

    • Ronnie Warren
      Ronnie Warren January 28, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      I agree.

    • Ronnie Warren
      Ronnie Warren January 28, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Especially those with families there.

    • Ronnie Warren
      Ronnie Warren January 28, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Interesting discussion with you.

    • Anne Ince
      Anne Ince January 28, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Selfish will trickle down to Bajans. You know how many Bajans living in US for years illegally…?

    • Ronnie Warren
      Ronnie Warren January 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      I don’t think it will unless they leave or commit a crime but it waz always like this.

  3. Randy Hartman
    Randy Hartman January 28, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    People should start boycotting American products and businesses.. this is outrageous.. immigration is and has always been part of human behavior and natural right.. how did the European become ‘American’?? Also last I checked both Al qaeda and Isis were American funded and trained to serve their financial and geopolitical agenda in the Middle East..

    • Joel C. Payne
      Joel C. Payne January 28, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      Not for nothing but it was the large countriies that bomb them back to stone age. Now are upset the people running from the mess.

  4. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell January 28, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    We may not be muslims but we black.He aint ready fuh we yet.

    • Dorry Pi
      Dorry Pi January 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      He will get to us sooner or later.

  5. Fay Gaskin
    Fay Gaskin January 28, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Brenda M. Earle

  6. Blanchard Ulanda
    Blanchard Ulanda January 28, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    This is a war brewing…….

  7. David Wyndoze
    David Wyndoze January 28, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Transitionary phases are always
    problematic for awhile. Then things get sorted out.

  8. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 28, 2017 at 4:47 pm


    • David Wyndoze
      David Wyndoze January 28, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      National Security.
      Comes before anything.
      Comes before religion, political party
      and just about everything else.

      Most ppl are clueless.

    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce January 28, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Respect the LAW of the land. If, one fine that difficult to adhere to don’t bother travelling remain at home.

    • David Wyndoze
      David Wyndoze January 28, 2017 at 5:02 pm


      National Security is not about being cute.

    • Rhonda Simpson
      Rhonda Simpson January 29, 2017 at 3:42 am

      Respect the law of the land? Really!These people followed the rules,some are us cutizens,some have VALID visas issued. They are being detained because of their RELIGION. Imagine u traveled to the us from Bim with a legally issued visa, and they detained you, how would you feel when you didnt break any laws. Its the same thing. Wake up people, its racist. Dont for one minute think that this doesn’t affect you, because it does,and it will.

    • Angel Maria
      Angel Maria January 29, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Veroniva….you are commenting on something you don’t know about. That makes you an ignorant fool. Learn to do your research before commenting on serious topics.

    • Angel Maria
      Angel Maria January 29, 2017 at 6:59 am

      Sounding like a damn coon…

  9. Jennifer January 28, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Bring on the race war MR TRUMP. He shall reign valiantly. All in good time. Imagine this refugee himself as his ancestors took this land from the NATIVE INDIANS via guns, raping (whitening up the place) and disease by their lying navigator Christopher Columbus a.k.a CHRISTOPHER COLOGNE is now barring other races. Bring it on. I know Ishmael (Arabs) will fix him, them ain’t like blacks.

  10. Patrick Newton
    Patrick Newton January 28, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    They are getting what they voted ,for

  11. Jennifer January 28, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    We blacks should not worry too much about MR TRUMP as we need deliverance from our enemies round about us too. The ones that use and abuse us. He will bring that deliverance.

  12. Pat BB
    Pat BB January 28, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    That idiot gine cause war in America just now.

  13. Samantha Foreverbless Harris
    Samantha Foreverbless Harris January 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Listen to Carson Cadogan but how much illegal Guyanese were living here ,sir do u know how many illegal Bajans r living in the USA n other parts of the world ,don’t worry my friend I hope none of your family gets affect when Trump ready for illegal Caribbean ppl.

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba January 29, 2017 at 6:33 am


  14. Matthew Jordan
    Matthew Jordan January 28, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I am neither for or against it, but your point is flawed. Just because you have been living legally in America for the last whatever years doesn’t mean you are not a terrorist. You could have been operating a terrorist cell for many years. If they vet you and find that you have affiliation with a known terrorist, what you suggest they do? Let you back in?

  15. Matthew Jordan
    Matthew Jordan January 28, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    I am neither for or against it. But hear this, just because you’ve been living in America legally as a permanent resident for a number of years doesn’t mean you are not a terrorist. You could have obtained your status through the right channel and be still operating a terrorist cell in America. So if you leave and are vetted on return and it is found that you or a family member has an affiliation with a known terrorist or terrorist organization. Then what to do? Let you back in? Wanna is the same people that watch 911 and saw those planes being crashed into the towers. These people feel this is their best way of securing their borders.

    • Rhonda Simpson
      Rhonda Simpson January 29, 2017 at 3:36 am

      It’s fear momgering, racist and illegal to ban someone based on their RELIGION. It’s a MUSLIM ban! The friggin terrorist are already in the country as sleeper cells. Banning kids, mothers, who are running from war is tantamount to racism.

    • Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
      Cherylann Bourne-Hayes January 29, 2017 at 8:16 am

      And the perpetrators of 9/11 were not from the targeted countries. There, if not all, from Saudi Arabia. Why are they not on the list?

  16. Star J Roach
    Star J Roach January 28, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    That suggests a case by case analysis, which is fine, not a blanket, sudden, and profoundly disruptive pronouncement for all, which is what is being done.

  17. Sarifa Patel January 28, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    He has started with the muslims like Hitler started with the jews. Next will be the blacks, he and his cabinet are white supremist. Trump comes from a family of ku klux khan. Bañning is a ku klux khan. He will come to his end soon. He has stirred up hatred in the usa and there will be a civil war for sure but again Putin set this in motion and the white supremist will get what they want thinking like the germans but end in destructions.

  18. Jan Babb
    Jan Babb January 28, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    If you are Muslim so what , if you are ISIS, a different thing, we are over reacting and innocent people are being victimised due to their religion. Nazi’s against the Jew’s come to mind. I have friends of all faiths, we all get on, and religion is never discussed, we all know none of us are extremists, no one condones it. Trump is showing a face of panic. OMG what a great 4 years we are about to endure.

  19. Niles Pamela
    Niles Pamela January 29, 2017 at 2:38 am

    And until the air is clear about this immigration issue … Barbados and other places are going to see a reduction in some tourist!

  20. Rhonda Simpson
    Rhonda Simpson January 29, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Thank you!perfectly said!

  21. jrsmith January 29, 2017 at 6:03 am

    A lot of you people is so deceitful, because all of you would do anything , give an arm and a leg to live in the (US)..
    Fire back at me if you all want to , but for me 2 places in this world I would live , the (UK) and my home (Barbados)…..

    • Kevin January 29, 2017 at 10:04 am

      I had and still do have a chance to live and work there. I refused. I prefer island life and island weather, you have to work ‘to hard’ out there.

  22. Jennifer January 29, 2017 at 7:16 am

    You know what makes me SICK is when other races down play the treatment of black people. BLACK PEOPLE WERE THE FIRST ONES ATTACKED BY THESE WHITE PEOPLE. TRUMP, HITLER, PUTIN, FALSE JEWS ETC ARE THE SAME RACE OF PEOPLE. They came out of the caucus mountains (CAUCASIAN) and unleashed terror on the earth raping, robbing and pillaging. The JEWS in ISRAEL, UK etc are identity THIEVES and are KHAZARS (Khazaria) . Look it up on u tube, google and also in the book the thirteenth tribe by a JEW name ARTHUR KOESLER who they assassinated he and his wife in a LONDON hotel.
    Get your history facts strait. WHO IS IT THEY PACKED ON SHIPS LIKE SARDINES to be sold on their Auction blocks????? AND THE ARABS DID IT TOO IN THE SUB-SAHARAN SLAVE TRADE. 40 000 000 blacks dead. Look it up and stop being blind. All like now black men and women are being still hung, lynched and shot down in the streets by the WHITE KKK police. The only thing is that they will not learn from the ARABS and LIGHT UP THE PLACE, they just MARCH. The Arabs and whites cut many of their *icks off to stop them from reproducing. So stop this casual garbage about blacks next when blacks was first attacked. The thing is that many of you only know YOUR PAIN and when things ARE AFFECTING YOU not anyone else.

  23. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell January 29, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Muslim is a Religion, presently the 3rd largest in the world and since 2010 1.6 Billion people are Muslims worldwide, you gonna ban an entire Religion! This will have serious repercussions. In 2017 where we are striving for peace this is beyond outrageous and America the Land of the Free should return the Statue of Liberty to France. The thought that none of the so called “Americans” where from America in the first place makes this even more ridiculous. Trump’s Father and Mother fled Germany to escape Hitler’s war on Jews, obviously Trump hasn’t learned a damn thing considering his parents where once in the same position then the Muslims from war torn countries that are forced to leave their country, especially the innocent children. Berlin’s Wall was finally torn down in the 90’s to end the oppression of the East Germans, now he wants to build Walls again. You haven’t seen nothing yet the terror is only just now starting.

  24. Anderson Steven
    Anderson Steven January 29, 2017 at 8:28 am

    The facts are that this is why he was voted into power. Despite how negatively the media tries to spin this, millions of Americans who voted for Trump are happy today. Their country their rules, simple as that. All outsiders can simply decide to boycott America if they feel strong about it, there are many other places to visit in the world.

  25. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed January 29, 2017 at 9:26 am

    ……he cant put me out of lil sweet BIM……i aint running bout in nobody country hiding like criminal from immigration…..or cant sleep pending …..i rather suck salt here in Barbados first where i know somebody gine give me a breadfruit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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