Transcript for Trump Order Barring Entry From Seven Mostly Muslim Countries Creates Confusion
We begin tonight with breaking news, that sweeping fallout from president trump's executive order on refugees and immigration. Tonight, there's chaos, confusion and fear. In the oval office, today, the president saying this is not a Muslim ban, so what does this order do? It temporarily bans all refugees from entry into the U.S. It suspends U.S. Visas all centered around predominantly seven Muslim countries. The impact, immediate. Hundreds of people at airports overseas and in at U.S. Borders denied entry. Some passengers on the way to new lives here. The protests swift. This is the scene right now at New York's JFK airport, where a nearly dozen stranded travelers are being detained tonight. ABC's Eva pilgrim is there. She starts us off. Reporter: Tonight, growing anger at the airport known as the gateway to America. No hate. No fear. Refugees are welcome here. Reporter: Lawmakers racing to JFK in New York this morning as word emerges multiple passengers flying in from overseas were detained after that new executive order. They both had valid Visas. They got on board a plane before the executive order was issued and when they got off the plane here, they were detained. Reporter: The number of detained growing to at least a dozen, including Haider alshawi, an Iraqi national on his way to join his wife and son already living in Texas. The family granted refugee status because of its association with the U.S. Military, according to court filings. Tonight, his attorney tells us his wife is in shock. It's obviously devastating to have your father, your husband en route and think that he's on his way to a safe place to rejoin you in the United States. Reporter: Others detained at airports throughout the U.S. At least nine in Dallas, at least one person in Chicago, and in Philadelphia, the mayor tells ABC news two families with Visas and green cards arrived and were turned away. The ripple effect felt around the world. After two years of waiting, fuad sharif and his family, from Iraq, planned to make their move to the U.S. Today. But were pulled off their flight. Tonight, they are stuck in Cairo. And I'm ruined now. I don't know what to do. Because I sold my house. I quit my job. My wife quit her job. And kids left school. All these, and I paid $5000 for the ticket. Reporter: His family given the Visa because he risked his life working with the U.S. Government, given no warning they couldn't go. I don't know what to do. And tomorrow I am going back to Iraq. Really, really, really I am in terrible situation. Reporter: Stanford and other universities recommending students to not travel. Google saying in a statement, "We're concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on googlers and their families." What do we want? All: Justice. Reporter: This afternoon, a glimmer of hope at JFK. This is the humanity, this is the soul of the American. This is what pushed me to move, leave my country and come here. Reporter: Hameed darweesh, an Iraqi national, detained at JFK, released after 19 hours. Thankful, the husband and father of three was awarded a special immigrant Visa because of his work with the U.S. Military. America is the greatest nation, the greatest people in the world. Eva joins us now from JFK. Tonight there's still so much confusion and a huge protest behind you. Eva, how are the airlines dealing with this tonight? Reporter: Cecilia, each Reporter: Cecilia, each of the airlines has their own policy for how they're handling this. Some aren't allowing from that banned country list to make that trip to the U.S. Others are allowing some passengers with specific Visas and green cards to make the trip. Most are giving refunds to passengers who are not able to travel.
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