Dr. Kamal Fadlalla, a hospital resident who has been working in New York for the last 20 months, was stuck in Sudan on Sunday, having gone there to see his family earlier this month.
He had left Jan. 13, was due to return Feb. 4 but tried to return on Friday after hearing about President Trump's executive order on immigration, which suspended entry for people from seven countries, including Sudan.
He made it past passport control, all the way to the gate at the airport in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.
Only a few of the state's 14 Republican representatives have publicly commented on an executive order signed by President Trump on Friday that barred refugees and green card holders from seven countries from entering the country.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) released a statement Sunday night saying that some tweaks are needed, but that his background as chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee leads him to support the executive order.
"In light of attempts by jihadist groups to infiltrate fighters into refugee flows to the West, along with Europe’s tragic experience coping with this problem, the Trump administration’s executive order on refugees is a common-sense security measure to prevent terror attacks on the homeland," Nunes said. "While accommodations should be made for green card holders and those who’ve assisted the U.S. armed forces, this is a useful temporary measure on seven nations of concern until we can verify who is entering the United States."
Stars on the red carpet and at the winner's podium tonight in Los Angeles are not keeping their mouths shut on current affairs.
The 23rd Screen Actors Guild awards are being held at the Shrine Auditorium.
Here's what they have had to say so far:
I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France, and I'm an American patriot, and I love this country, and because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes and this immigrant ban is a blemish and it is un-American.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, accepting her award for her role in "Veep"
We need to vote. Had we all voted, we wouldn't be here. You don't like it, you don't have nothing to say if you didn't vote. Get a clipboard, get organized and get in it. Don't sit back on the sidelines. Get in it. This is a fight for the country right now. It's worth fighting for.
Courtney B. Vance, nominated for his performance in "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"
For the first time ever in my lifetime, I've been concerned about where it's going to go. It doesn't seem to be that it's going to go in a very positive direction.
Claire Foy, nominated for her role as Queen Elizabeth in the Netflix series "The Crown"
The Trump administration backed away from one of the most controversial parts of its new executive order on immigration Sunday evening, saying that permanent U.S. residents in most cases will not be affected by the new rules.
Since the president issued the order Friday, confusion has been rampant over the effects on permanent residents, noncitizens who hold so-called green cards that allow them to live and work legally in the U.S.
Many were stopped and detained at airports for many hours on Friday and Saturday and, in some cases, reported that they had been threatened with being returned to their home countries. An undetermined number of other green card holders were stopped from boarding U.S.-bound planes.
Marzieh Moosavizadeh and her grandson follow a routine when she visits almost every year from Iran.
The 75-year-old, who travels in a wheelchair and speaks little English, struggles to find direct flights to Phoenix, where he and his family live. So they meet in Los Angeles and he escorts her on the last leg of her trip.
U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona released a statement Sunday saying that confusion at U.S. airports shows that President Trump's executive order on immigration "was not properly vetted."
"Such a hasty process risks harmful results," the Republicans' statement read. "We should not stop green-card holders from returning to the country they call home. We should not stop those who have served as interpreters for our military and diplomats from seeking refuge in the country they risked their lives to help. And we should not turn our backs on those refugees who have been shown through extensive vetting to pose no demonstrable threat to our nation."
It went on: “Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism."
Jeffrey Buchalter was reflooring his foyer in Chesapeake Beach, Md., and listening to MSNBC over the weekend when he heard the news: An Iraqi who had worked with American forces as an interpreter had been stopped from entering the U.S. under a new executive order on immigration from President Trump.
The story stopped him cold. Buchalter, an Army veteran who works as a law-enforcement instructor at the Department of Homeland Security, had served multiple tours of duty as a military policeman in Iraq, service that cost him dearly.
He was decorated for injuries sustained from gunfire and improvised explosive devices. Exams revealed he’d suffered herniated discs, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, and he spent 2 ½ years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center trying to get right.