After two federal judges put a temporary restraining order on President Donald Trump's immigration ban for travellers from seven Muslim countries, previously banned Muslims are now in a hurry to get to the United States, writes AP.
Many rushed to book airline tickets on Saturday, afraid that the travel ban could soon be reinstated by the government.
Rula Aoun is president of the Arab American Civil Rights League in Dearborn, Michigan.
- We're telling them to get on the quickest flight ASAP, she says.
Her organization is one of those that have fought against Trump's travel ban, which purpose is to prevent terrorists from the Middle East from entering the United States. The new US government now fears that the country will suffer from terrorist attacks similar to those that have hit Europe.
Altogether it's about 60,000 travelers from Muslim countries who have had their visas canceled during the travel stop. Even immigrants from Muslim countries who have been granted green cards have been affected by the travel ban, despite the fact that the stop does not apply to them.
The US Department of Justice has appealed the temporary restraining order and asked that the ban is immediately reinstated pending final decision.
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