Judge upholds stay on travel ban order

Lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union went to court Thursday on behalf of two Iraqi men who were detained when they arrived in the United States under President Donald Trump's executive order restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.



Both Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Alshawi had received valid visas before the travel ban.



Their detentions, along with those of hundreds of other travelers, sparked protests at airports around the country, including John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.



The judge upheld a previous stay on the order.



The lawsuit argues that denying entrance to legal visa holders and refugees is both discriminatory and in violation of the Fifth Amendment.



New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced earlier in the week that he would be joining the ACLU's lawsuit against the president.



In court, the federal government said it has no opinion on the state's position in the case.


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