President Donald Trump's executive order to close American borders to travellers from some Muslim-majority countries has caused chaos and protests at major airports worldwide as many were barred from boarding flights to the USA or were pulled off planes overseas.
The Iraqi men, Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, arrived on separate flights and were detained Friday night, the New York Times first reported. "My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering". It's working out very nicely. "The USA is one of this country's closest allies, and we look forward to hosting the President later this year".
One of the men, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, was traveling on an Iraqi special Immigrant Visa and had worked as an electrical engineer and contractor for the US government from 2003 - 2010. Only if people have dual citizenship will they be allowed to enter.
The lawsuit highlights some of the legal obstacles facing the new administration as it tries to carry out the directive.
A petition demanding the United Kingdom government prevent U.S. President Donald Trump from making a state visit because it would be an "embarrassment" for him to meet Queen Elizabeth II has been signed 861,658 times. "They put the cuffs on", Mr. Darweesh said. But the president's orders have communities fearing Trump could seek to expand America's detention center population. Now, me and many others like me are being told that we may not be welcome.
He declined to give further detail.
"There certainly are conversations under way", said Joe Grace, a spokesman for Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro.
Speaking to the BBC, she said: "I would urge the Prime Minister to think again".
It was a period of limbo for an unknown number of non-American citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen now barred from the country where they were studying or had lived, perhaps for years.
On a Facebook event set up by Stand Up to Racism, the group wrote: 'The invitation to Donald Trump for a state visit will be opposed by millions in Britain. Earlier in the day, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham issued a statement that said, in part, that "ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism".