US judge temporarily halts Trump’s immigration crackdown

Capping a day of confusion and chaos and protests in several airports across the United States in response to Trump’s order to restrict people from seven Muslim-majority countries, a judge temporarily halts deportations. Helena Williams reports.

DULLES, VIRGINIA + LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (Reuters) – A US judge granting a temporary reprieve to Trump’s immigration crackdown,

The American Civil Liberties Union successfully issuing a temporary halt to the deportation of visa holders or refugees stranded at airports,

Though the court action does not reverse the executive order.

This capping off a day of confusion, chaos and protests in several airports across the country,

At Washington Dulles, tears of joy as travellers hug their families and friends after being detained for hours.

They’d arrived on flights from one of the seven predominantly-Muslim countries that U.S. president Donald Trump has put on a restricted arrivals list.

But at Los Angeles International airport, scenes of despair as other families find out that their loved ones who’d just landed would be denied entry and deported – even if they have a green card.

Trump’s curb on immigration has been met with criticism –

British Prime Minister Theresa May saying she does not agree with the clampdown,

Allies in France and Germany also critical,

Officials in Yemen, Sudan and Indonesia have also voiced their concern

While Tehran has vowed to respond in kind to the ban.

The order puts a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the country, and a ninety-day halt on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

Trump saying the order is necessary to protect the United States.