Following a lawsuit filed by the ACLU to reverse President Donald Trump’s executive order that includes a ban of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. over the next three months, a New York federal judge tonight issued a partail emergency stay. Judge Ann Donnelly ruled that those who are in transit and who hold valid visas can enter the country legally, and those who have already arrived in the U.S. may stay.
“Individuals with refugee applications approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and other individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen legally authorized to enter the United States,” Donnelly wrote.
Trump’s administration has received much backlash after he signed the Executive Order on Friday night, temporarily banning entry into the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries for three month and disallowing all refugees for four months. It was understood that the order could impact Oscar-nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi from attending the ceremony, though it is unclear on what his visa status is.
Hollywood spoke out in fierce opposition today, with organized protests forming at airports including LAX, JFK and Chicago’s O’Hare. Celebrities such as Seth Rogen have been vocal with trying to help detained Muslim travelers at the airport.
Also, Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau tweeted, “To those fleeing, persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada