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Judge stays enforcement of Trump travel ban: Canadian dual citizens not affected

Last Updated Jan 28, 2017 at 7:43 pm PDT

President Donald Trump, center, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, right, arrives for a White House senior staff swearing in ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

NEW YORK (NEWS1130) – A federal judge in New York has issued an emergency order temporarily barring the US from deporting people from nations subject to President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

US District Judge Ann Donnelly issued the order Saturday evening after lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union filed a court petition on behalf of people from seven predominantly Muslim nations who were detained at airports across the country as the ban took effect.

Cheers broke out in a crowd of demonstrators outside a Brooklyn courthouse as the decision, effective nationwide, was announced.

The order barred US border agents from removing anyone who arrived in the US with a valid visa from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

It also covered anyone with an approved refugee application.

It was unclear how quickly the order might affect people in detention.

Canadian dual citizens not affected by US travel ban: Ottawa

Canadian passport holders won’t be affected by a American ban that has barred citizens of seven countries from entering the United States.

An email from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office late Saturday said that the US has given assurances that Canadians with dual citizenship will not be turned away at the border.

Earlier the US State Department said that Canadians with dual citizenship from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya would be denied entry for the next three months.

But Kate Purchase, Trudeau’s director of communications, said in an email that Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has given assurances that Canadian passports will be dealt with normally by American border officials.

The federal government has been low key in its response to the American ban, with Trudeau only offering a tweet that Canada would welcome those fleeing persecution, terror and war regardless of their faith.

Some Canadian groups representing people from the countries affected have condemned the American ban.