Airports across America are detaining travelers following President Donald Trump’s executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.
The order temporarily bans refugees and visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen from entering the country, while Syrians are banned indefinitely.
Federal judges in several states ruled on Saturday and Sunday that people being detained should be released.
Images and videos of released detainees are going viral on social networks.
Here’s the moment some travelers were released at Washington’s Dulles International Airport:
The moment some of those detained emerged from detention here in Dulles pic.twitter.com/7p22grGkGS
— Yeganeh Torbati (@yjtorbati) January 29, 2017
Many also shared images of a 5-year-old boy at Dulles being reunited with his mother, who is Iranian, after several hours of questioning:
— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) January 29, 2017
Daily Beast politics reporter Betsy Woodruff tweeted an image of an elderly couple who were released from detention:
Iranian green card holders, age 88 and 83, both disabled. Were detained for hours pic.twitter.com/3fvGTrBWYy
— Betsy Woodruff (@woodruffbets) January 29, 2017
This video shows Vahideh Rasekh, a Ph.D student at New York’s Stony Brook University, speaking to a crowd after being held at JFK Airport for 20 hours:
— Bahman Kalbasi (@BahmanKalbasi) January 29, 2017
Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted a photo of him greeting detainees who were held at the Dallas Fort Worth airport and apologized to them:
— Mayor Mike Rawlings (@Mike_Rawlings) January 29, 2017