Multiple people were detained over the weekend as officials sought to comply with Trump's new executive order, which called for a 90-day ban on nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran, entering the United States.
The order would help protect Americans from terrorist attacks, the president said. Donnelly was awarded her juris doctorate from OSU in 1984.
Specifically, the New York Times reports, the judge ordered that refugees and other people trapped at airports across the United States should not be sent back to their home countries. It took months for the Senate to hold hearings on her nomination. The mural, Edward Laning's The Role of the Immigrant in the Industrial Development of America, was created in the late 1930s as part of the Works Progress Administration.
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The stay does not strike down Trump's executive order completely but it only preserves the rights of people who came to the United States with valid visas before the order was signed. "The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word "we". However, she did give some optimism to civil rights advocates who are hoping a court will ultimately stop the enforcement of Trump's entire action. Donnelly was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of NY by President Obama and was confirmed by the Senate with a 95-2 vote in 2015. With that, the immigrants were officially American citizens, and a grinning judge exited the courtroom.
Brooklyn Federal Judge Ann Donnelly, who wears trademark pearls in her ears and around her neck, has handled hundreds of cases in her career, including the one against former Tyco chief Dennis Kozlowski, who was convicted of grand larceny, conspiracy and securities fraud in 2005. A colleague from that time, Linda A. Fairstein, remembered Donnelly's calm during the high-profile trial. She later served in the Kings County, New York County, and Bronx County Supreme Courts.
Demonstrators gather outside JFK Airport on January 28.