A CNN producer and Iraqi national has sued the Trump administration after he was detained at an Atlanta airport due to the temporary moratorium on travel from a list of terror-torn nations.
Since 2013 Mohammed Tawfeeq, a CNN producer and editor, has been a permanent legal resident of the United States but claims he was held for a short time at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on January 29, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The lawsuit demands that the U.S. departments of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection affirm Tawfeeq’s rights under the Immigration and Nationality Act.
“This is a basic request to clarify and assert his rights under the law. We support him in this effort and hope its resolved quickly,” CNN said in a statement.
Tawfeeq regularly travels to the Middle East for his work with CNN.
“The executive order has greatly increased the uncertainty involved in current and future international travel for returning lawful permanent residents like Mr. Tawfeeq,” the filing says.
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