NYC officials voice support for JFK Airport detainees

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in an interview with CNN Sunday morning that an unknown number of people appear to be still detained at the JFK Airport following the swift implementation of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees.

The mayor called Trump's order "simply un-American" and called for the release of those who have been detained.

Rep. Hakim Jeffries (D-NY) addressed reporters at JFK Airport Sunday afternoon and said he understands 14 people have been detained there, and six people have been released. But no official numbers were provided by airport, customs or security officials.

Two Iraqi men were released after they were similarly detained yesterday.

As News 12 has reported, protests broke out at JFK Airport Saturday as news of the detainments spread following the swift implementation of President Trump's order that affects migrants, travelers and refugees from Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Sudan.

A federal judge issued an emergency order Saturday night temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from the seven majority-Muslim nations subject to Trump's travel ban. The judge said travelers who had been detained had a strong argument that their legal rights had been violated.

Trump's order, which also suspends the entire U.S. refugee program for 120 days and bars the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely, has sparked major protests, including at several of the nation's international airports.

Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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