Immigration attorneys: Executive order banning Muslims is discrimination, not national security

People living in New Jersey who have visas or green cards have been told by immigration attorneys not to leave the country for fear they may not get back in.

Nadia Kahf is an immigration attorney and a board member at the Council on American-Islamic Relations. She's been fielding calls from all types of clients.

"This is not national security. This is discrimination," Kahf told News 12 New Jersey.

Her advice to stay in the country is in response to President Donald Trump's campaign promise to ban Muslims, which became a reality at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Twelve people were detained and not allowed to enter the United States. One man, who had a valid visa and worked for the U.S. military, was released but only after getting help from two Congress members.

"I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. We don't want them here," President Trump said Friday.

Trump's order bans people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Syria. That will last 90 days while the vetting process is improved. For the next four months, Syrian refugees will not be allowed in the U.S. except for those who are Christian.

On Monday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is expected to announce a lawsuit against the executive order, calling it unconstitutional.

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