President Trump's Executive Action Results in Cruise Ship Passenger's Detention

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  • An Iranian citizen was reportedly briefly refused entry into the U.S. yesterday after returning to the country on a cruise ship.
  • The man’s detention was a result of an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Friday.
  • The order barred citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen from being admitted to the U.S. for 90 days.

On Friday President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at preventing people from seven countries from entering the United States. The order created immense confusion across the globe, as travelers from the targeted countries were prevented from boarding vessels at airports and seaports in foreign countries.

Some travelers were refused entry to the country after having landed in the U.S. while traveling by air. At least one person reported to have been detained by U.S. officials after sailing to the country by cruise ship.

The executive order specified that citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen be refused entry to the United States for a period of 90 days. Even those who hold U.S. residency, also known as green card holders, were instructed to be barred from entering the country.

Iranian chemical engineer, Maysam Sodagari, arrived from Mexico to Port Everglades aboard the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas yesterday, and was briefly detained. He documented his ordeal live on Facebook as officials detained him. The Miami Herald reports that Sodagari’s friends say that he has a green card. According to his LinkedIn page, reports the Herald, Sodagari obtained a Ph.D from the University of Akron and subsequently worked for two companies in the U.S.  

After being detained for three hours, Sodagari was reportedly allowed to enter the country.