An Iraqi man who was held overnight at JFK Airport is a Department of Defense employees who came with his family to the U.S, to seek treatment for a liver ailment.
Hameed Khalid Darweesh was released Saturday afternoon after he had been detained by Immigration officials acting on orders from the White House which issued a Friday night ban on immigrants coming in from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Darweesh explained that he as an interpreter for the Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Baghdad and Mosul after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, reports the New York Times.
At a press conference, Darweesh said he had turned over his passport and was taken aside as his family was allowed in the country.
Under pressure from the press, several Democratic lawmakers and his attorneys who filed a suit in his name, Darweesh was finally released and stated that he was very thankful for his supporters.
Chinese fans grieve for NBA superstar Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash
NBA star Kobe Bryant's death triggered an outpouring of grief on Monday in China, where he was beloved by fans, with a hashtag of the news drawing more than a billion views.
Nine people were killed in a helicopter crash including Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Los Angeles officials confirmed on Sunday.
Basketball is arguably the most popular sport in China, and Bryant -- a five-time NBA champion who blogged for Chinese internet giant SINA in 2009 -- was among the first American stars to garner a large fan base in the country.
He remained popular in China after his retirement in 2016, frequently engaging via social media with Chinese fans.
Bolton’s firsthand evidence puts senators in the difficult position of believing ‘bizarro’ Trump team argument: Legal experts
Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal and Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe agreed that the recent revelations from John Bolton, puts Republicans in a difficult position. Bolton's manuscript confirmed that President Donald Trump's bribery scheme puts senators in the difficult position of being faced with firsthand witnesses they've tried to block.
Republicans were given multiple opportunities to agree that they would like to hear witnesses and new evidence as part of the impeachment trial in the Senate, but each time, they voted against it. But with the news Bolton released Sunday night, it forces senators to acknowledge they deny even firsthand evidence of Trump's guilt.
Democratic senator says she gets more ‘disheartened’ every day hearing GOP deny evidence and witnesses
Day after day, Republicans senators find new excuses to dismiss the evidence they hear that in any courtroom would convict an ordinary American citizen. It was enough to make normally happy Sen. Debbie Stabenow (R-MI) feel "disheartened" by the whole process.
"As somebody from Michigan, we believe in commonsense, and you can't look at all this and say, 'is this how somebody would act if they were innocent?'" said Stabenow. "And you can't look at this and say, 'Is this how somebody would act if they were innocent?' All of this coming out over and over again. I'll never forget Adam Schiff on the floor saying to all of us, 'Nobody's saying, well, gosh, Donald Trump would never do that.' The truth is it's all about will he get away with it? It's all about, are they going to be successful in hiding it and so on?"