An executive order, signed this week by Donald Trump, prevents the admission of Iraqi citizens into the United States for 90 days. "This is what pushed me to leave my country and come here".
The two countries have had no diplomatic relations since 1979 when militants stormed the USA embassy.
"We are going for over 12 hours now", she continued.
Lawyers, advocates, and U.S representatives told Fox 5 there are another 11 people being held at JFK.
Since it took effect on Friday, the order has sparked legal limbo for those who already were on their way to the US.
"Immediately, what we're trying to do is protect these people from being wrongly deported or detained", Jadwat said.
The official says there's an exemption for immigrants and legal permanent residents whose entry is in the US national interest, but it's unclear how that exemption will be applied. "This is a profound disruption and a deep disappointment, but it also means that people will remain in danger while they're waiting to see if they will have an opportunity". Celebrities including "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon joined the demonstration.
Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi landed Friday at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, where Customs and Border Protection refused them entry based on Trump's order, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in NY.
The two men on whose behalf the suit was originally filed, Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, had worked with the United States military in Iraq and had their lives and families threatened as a result.
He pronounced the U.S. His wife and 7-year-old son are lawful permanent residents residing in Houston, Texas and were eagerly awaiting his arrival.
Darweesh worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army when it invaded Iraq in 2003.
Lawyers sat on the floor of an airport terminal Saturday evening working up court petitions on their laptops on behalf of detainees. "We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas", he said in a ceremony at the Pentagon, where he also signed an order to boost the United States military. "This is not who we are, and not who we should be".