QUEENS, N.Y. – The ACLU is getting “multiple reports” that federal customs agents are siding with President Trump. They are willfully ignoring a Brooklyn federal judge. The jurist demanded that travelers from seven Muslim countries not be deported from the nation’s airports, reported the New York Post.
“The court’s order could not be clearer… they need to comply with the order,” Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants Rights project, told The Post late Saturday.
“It’s enough to be a serious concern,” Jadwat said of the reports.
DHS defying federal judge
Yet the Department of Homeland Security continues to defy the court order. Consequently, they have sided with the Trump administration and his executive orders.
“President Trump’s Executive Orders remain in place — prohibited travel will remain prohibited and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety,” the agency said in a statement.
Volunteer attorneys scramble
In the meantime, more than 130 volunteer attorneys were scrambling around JFK, filing lawsuits and offering legal advice to those in custody, according to the report.
Jadwat and other ACLU lawyers had earlier Saturday night won an emergency stay of Trump’s deportation order from Brooklyn Federal Judge Ann Donnelly.
Stephen Rooke, 30, a volunteer attorney, was at JFK Airport and said he believed six people were still being detained or had been deported.
“We don’t have a total number of the contained — probably around 6 — may even be deported,” he said. “We filed petitions for 22 people, three have been deported out the country since last night.”