12 refugees detained under ban after Trump’s order; one released

by FoxNews.com
January 29, 2017

Twelve refugees were detained at JFK Airport within hours of President Trump’s order restricting immigration from seven majority-Muslim nations.

One of the Iraqis, Hameed Jhalid Darweesh, 53, was released by midday Saturday. “I suffered to move here, to get my family here …. I can’t go back,” Darweesh said shortly after his release, according to the New York Post. Asked if he’d be killed in Iraq, he answered: “Yes, yes.”

Hameed Khalid Darweesh, an Army interpreter in Iraq, had been stopped as he traveled with his wife and three kids when agents pulled him aside, according to the New York Times.

The fate of the other Iraqi detainee, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, 33, was unclear. So was the fate of 10 other refugees, whose nationalities were not immediately known.

Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan) and Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) announced the number of refugees held at the airport. “This should not happen in America. We shouldn’t have to demand the release of refugees one by one,” the two members of Congress said in a statement.

48 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    This problem wouldn’t have happened if the government had enforced its laws prior to President Trump’s executive order.

    I’m sorry for people who have been inconvenienced but our nation’s first concern needs to be protecting its citizens from outside enemies.

  • Elizabeth Davis says:

    MR Nedler and Nydia Valazquez what is wrong in checking people that are coming into this country. It looks to me as if they are getting it right . They let Mr Darweesh go after checking him out. Why should we have open borders when other countries don’t.

  • Anouk says:

    I suggest for all these unhappy whiners to move to Canada. This socialist country is opening its borders to everyone, terrorists or not.
    Hey Madonna what are you waiting for, you and your pitiful liberal bunch of Hollywood celebrities.
    First of all why is this big mouth whore not in jail after saying she wants to blow up the White House since President Trump was elected. Yes, WHY???
    These fools didn’t learn anything about the terrorist attacks in Germany, Belgium, France…
    Liberals are brainless and brainwashed. Soros manipulate them like puppets.
    And they think so highly of themselves.
    Thank you President Trump we appreciate your efforts to make America safer.

  • Rick D. says:

    If these whiny, thumb-sucking, elitist, bed-wetting liberals are so concerned about the inconvenience of those individuals who are inconvenienced by visa checks, then will they show the same compassion and concern when another terror attack occurs by the hands of an illegal alien? I seriously doubt it!!

  • CBUJAN says:

    Nader and Velazquez by disagreeing put American life’s in danger with their liberal views. Look what has happened in Europe I don’t want that to happen here so the democrats can go to hell for all I care.

  • Askjrsk says:

    This all stems from the incompetence of OBAMA. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is working these issues to make Americans safe again. Why are these people traveling back to their homeland if it is unsafe? We need valid answers to these questions. Obama needs to be held accountable for his dereliction of duty? Who is OBAMA? Where was he born? His only qualification is a Chicago bath house organizer? Voter fraud could reveal Obamas elections a fraud . Fake news tried to convince us he was popular. Yeah! With terrorists and those seeking destruction of our country.

    1. Dee says:

      He was only popular with the idiots , and since they are loud and disruptive they have gotten coverage . I’m betting the polls were taken by overwhelming majorities (if not all) democrats . These morons out there protesting will never support keeping this country safe until they experience a close call like many in Orlando and other US cities . They want open borders but the majority of these bums aren’t paying the tax payer dollars either that supports them .

  • Tiger says:

    The President of the U.S. has the right to take out any group of people, regardless if religious or not, that he deems dangerous and detrimental to our security. I could also put up the immigration laws that show Obama and all these Mayors of Sanctuary cities, harboring, bringing into our country, giving them aid, transporting them is against our laws.

    These protesters are drones and only know the Mantra without any clue of the laws or the dangers. I have said for years, along with millions the American people have to hear the truth about Islam and they have to understand what is at stake. For these marches to be backed by Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR again, shows me the stupidity involved.

    They will learn fast enough.


    1. Askjrsk says:

      Right on again!!

  • Jose says:

    Plain and simple; if you are legally here, a few hours should not be a problem; I imagine some have spent many, many more hours just waiting on a flight. Those without proper credentials, whose fault is that? You caused it, now live with it.

  • Rodney Steward says:

    These poor Dems., so stupid, they don’t realize they’re infidels like the rest of us, maybe they’ll be the first to have their heads on a stick! Now the trouble starts, we’re soon to be like Europe, rapes of women and boys, death, it’s close! 8 years of build up and coming across both borders, we have a whole lot more of these gutter rats than you think!!

    1. Askjrsk says:

      Thank PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP for doing the hard work. Obama and CLINTON put us at risk by their incompetentce. Now we finally have a real leader working for us we the people.

      1. Rodney Steward says:

        So true, and a big part of the world don’t know how to handle it, shows you how far along the NWO has progressed and they’re pissed!

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          2. Elizabeth Davis says:

            stop your lying

    2. Retired says:

      How many of these Demonrats and demonstrators actually put any of these refugees up in housing and supply them with food . How many has Soros taken in ??

      1. Rodney Steward says:

        I think we know the answer to that!!

        1. Retired says:

          Yup they are all mouth, they are being called to demonstrate just like when BLM is in action. All paid for from one leader and behind the scene like the Clintons and David Brock.

          1. Rodney Steward says:

            Exactly, and most of this is being blown WAYYY out of proportion, and somebody needs to pay!!

      2. Anouk says:

        Good question Retired. These brainless demonstrators do not have any answers of course.
        It makes me really sick to see so much of stupidity and ignorance.
        This is an endless problem as long Soros and his pals are in charge of the destruction of America.
        President Trump we are waiting for you to stop this disgusting anti-American conspiracy. Soros and his minions have to go.
        This is a MUST! If you are not going to do something to stop this insane individual, then these riots will keep going on and on and on.

        1. Retired says:

          They probably do it for a burger and Coke. Sad part is after Soros dies there will be another one like him popping up . David Brock and the Clintons are next in line.

          1. Anouk says:

            George Soros has several sons and they really working hard to follow their father’s steps in funding these loser thugs for them to create these violent riots.
            Soros and Clintons are good friends. So, it said enough about their integrity and honesty.
            These repulsive vultures are trying very hard to destroy President Trump and this great country.
            Should I add McCain and Graham! Both are as repulsive in their effort to eliminate President Trump as well.
            We the People who voted for Donald Trump should stick together and support our new President.
            President Trump needs us to help him to make America great and safe again.

          2. Retired says:

            David Brock works for Soros and the Clintons raising money to destroy Trump.

          3. Anouk says:

            Then, why not to destroy them as well.
            What are they waiting for?

          4. Retired says:

            They are working on self destruct . 2018 more demonrats will be voted out.

          5. Anouk says:

            I really hope so!

          6. Anouk says:

            Yep! Brock set $40 million budget to fight Donald Trump.
            What a traitor anti- American this arshole is.

  • Peter Smith says:

    Why can’t the left understand the concept of proper documentation and vetting? The Iraqi man, Darweesh, was detained, vetted, and released. He had the proper documentation and the process worked. Others, without the proper documentation, will be detained until such a time as they can be properly vetted. It is not really that strange, when anyone goes through the security checkpoints at the airport, guess what, you were just vetted and “released” to go about your business.
    And by the way, the list of nations in the restriction, well it came from the list generated by the Obama administration.

    1. CharlieSeattle says:

      The list INCORRECTLY leaves out Pakistan, the small rich arab states and Saudi Arabia.

      1. Peter Smith says:

        You’ll get no disagreement here. We should also include the Muslim nations in east Asia al well. Radical Islam lives in EVERY Muslim nation on this planet, just saying ….

        1. Askjrsk says:

          This was a list prepared by OBAMA??

          1. CharlieSeattle says:

            No, by W Bush.

            The list omitted all the arab states that W Bush suked up to.

      2. Rodney Steward says:

        The Sneaky bunch!!

      3. Gma-68 says:

        Because he used a list of countries that Congress came up with a couple of years ago as known to harbor terrorists. That is the legal thing to do. Other countries will be added. This would all move faster if the few Dems still in WA would stop screwing around and get cabinet approved so they can get on with other business.
        This is why their mascot is a jackass

        1. CharlieSeattle says:

          Irrelevant! Thx for not disagreeing!!

    2. Askjrsk says:

      They do. They are just playing stupid. Obama and Clinton taught them well.

      1. Peter Smith says:

        I don’t they are playing a being stupid, I really don’t. They’re just being typecast, because the really are “that stupid” in real life. Obama and Clinton just honed the stupidity to razor sharpness.

    3. Starr Jim says:

      They’re not interested in such documentation, they’re only interested in votes. Illegal or otherwise – makes no difference to them.

      1. Peter Smith says:

        I agree, that is also why they are making such a stink about Trump ordering an investigation into possible voter fraud. They’re neck deep in the sh-t and they know it. This is going to get very ugly when the truth starts to fall from the “shaken trees”.
        That being said, I’m going to laughing when the truth reaches the light of day.

  • Verner Laursen says:

    If they all had their documents showing they are legally in the United States like one of them did, they would have been released to go on their way also. Their documents showing they are here legally should not be “home on the dresser”.

    They are here either legally or illegally, like a woman being pregnant, you are or you aren’t, there is no in-between

    1. theseer says:


      1. CharlieSeattle says:

        Wealthy or poor muslim is irrelevant. islam is the problem.

        A wealthy muslim implementing islam will use a plane, a car and a gun to kill you.

        A poor muslim implementing islam will use a train, a camel and a knife to kill you.

        islam is the problem.

        Ban them all from the west, forever!

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          Totally agree! Rich or Poor, they all have the same goal, to achieve their twisted Caliphate!!

  • KT says:

    Hey! DEM’s…..get it! They are not wanted here! You move over there and see why! Stubborn mule headed fools!

  • Gregory Nixon says:

    Send them Back–sorry we have enough problems without having to deal with problems from other countries right now….

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