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Iranians, refugees detained at several US airports

Trump signed an executive order barring Syrian refugees indefinitely and Iranian citizens and six other nations entry into the US for 90 days

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Unites States authorities have stopped and detained refugees at airports on Friday soon after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to close the nation’s borders to immigrants from Iran and six other Muslim-majority nations.

Some of the refugees were airborne on flights on their way to the US when the order was signed.

Lawyers representing two Iraqis held at John F. Kennedy International Airport filed for habeas corpus on Saturday in the Eastern District of New York seeking to have their clients released, the New York Times reported.

Trump signed an order on Friday to suspend the entry of all refugees to the US for 120 days. The order, which was put to immediate effect, also stops the admission of Syrian refugees indefinitely and bars Iranian citizens and six other nations entry into the US for 90 days, even those with valid visas and legitimate refugee claims.

According to Iran news agencies, scores of Iranian citizens holding valid visas headed to the US believing that putting the barring law into effect will take some time.

Some other reports suggests a number of Iranians, including families, were being turned back on arrival to different US entry ports.