"They've been through the vetting process and they're waiting to be told which part of the US you are going to be left in", Miliband said. It was not immediately clear how that exemption might be applied.
The stay puts a temporary hold on the executive order nationwide, likely allowing travelers stranded at airports in the USA and around the world to enter the US and to halt deportations of those affected by the travel ban. The passengers had valid immigration visas, Reuters reports.
There were fears the order Mr Trump signed on Friday, titled The Protection of the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States, could scrap the visa waiver program and force Australians to sit for interviews at USA consulates before departing. He said the ban was needed to keep out "radical Islamic terrorists". And he cut in half to 50,000 the number of refugees the United States will accept from around the world this year. One of the refugees served as an interpreter for US troops in Iraq, attorneys said.
The detentions prompted legal challenges as lawyers representing two Iraqi refugees held at Kennedy Airport filed a writ of habeas corpus early Saturday in the Eastern District of NY seeking to have their clients released.
What this all means is that the United States, in the year 2017, is using the fear of immigrant terrorism - which is an exceedingly tiny threat - to refuse entry to people based on where they're from and how they pray. You see it at the airports.
They will face particularly stringent restrictions and were singled out as "detrimental to the interests of the United states".
"If they are already on the plane, they will not be able to enter", Abed Ayoub of the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee told the New York Daily News.
We'd also like to hear from experts who are offering advice, or people who work with refugees.
"America's historically been a leader of the humanitarian system, both in terms of its welcome of refugees and sometimes in terms of its overseas aids", Miliband said.
The U.S. government must provide a list of names of people affected by Trump's executive order, according to Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project.
Bloomberg also notes that Trump's new ban doesn't include majority-Muslim countries that where Trump Organization has done business or pursued potential deals, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Although President Trump said he would make an exception for Christians fleeing persecution.
U.S. green card holders from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries traveling outside the United States need to check with a usa consulate to see whether they can return, senior usa administration officials said on Saturday.
The decision of Trump's administration has already been criticized by different rights groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and countries, such as Iran and lawsuits have already been filed against U.S. authorities.
"The judge, in a nutshell, saw through what the government was doing and gave us what we wanted, which was to block the Trump order and not allow the government to remove anybody who has come and is caught up in the order, nationwide", he told the crowd.
Paul Ryan, the republican speaker of the House, appeared to support the move saying: "It is time to re-evaluate and strengthen the visa-vetting process".
It comes after some travellers were barred due to President Donald Trump's new executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.
It puts a 120-day hold on refugees coming into the U.S.