We Won: ACLU Wins Stay On Refugee Ban

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Crowds at JFK protesting the attempted ban. Photo from Democracy Now

An Obama-appointed federal judge in Brooklyn granted a temporary, emergency, national stay Saturday evening blocking Trump's grotesque effort to ban Muslim refugees after the American Civil Liberties Union - God love 'em - filed a class action lawsuit amidst widespread outrage and massive airport protests. While the order stems from the case of two Iraqis detained at JFK Airport, it will be applied nationally to up to 200 people already detained and any more visa-holders arriving in the U.S.;  those still abroad will remain in legal limbo until a Feb. 21 hearing. With immigration lawyers still admirably flocking to airports to offer help, the ACLU announced the victory on Twitter with the concise, "We won." From one supporter - and, implicitly, millions of us - "You are heroes." Live video from the ACLU and others outside the court, with more details to come on what remains a developing story.

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More protesters. Getty photo

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