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  • Hameed Khalid Darweesh on President Trump: “I like him, but I don’t know. This is a policy, I don’t know.”
  • “I’m very very thankful for all the people who’ve come to support me,” said Hameed Khalid Darweesh. “America is the greatest nation.”


An Iraqi interpreter, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, 53, was released after 19 hours of detention at John F. Kennedy airport in New York  after Trump’s extreme vetting policy on Muslim refugees. Darweesh was an interpreter who worked for more than a decade on behalf of the United States government in Iraq. .

Darweesh was released after a federal judge granted an emergency stay of Trump’s executive order on the evening of January 28. According to ABC News, “The ruling does not appear to overturn administration policy, but does appear to apply to all of those people currently detained at airports across the country who were facing imminent deportation.”

The New York Times had Darweesh as the feature of its story on Trump’s order. This is what the Times wrote:

Shortly after noon, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, an interpreter who worked for more than a decade on behalf of the United States government in Iraq, was released. After nearly 19 hours of detention, Mr. Darweesh began to cry as he spoke to reporters, putting his hands behind his back and miming handcuffs.

Document: Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in Kennedy Airport Detention

“What I do for this country? They put the cuffs on,” Mr. Darweesh said. “You know how many soldiers I touch by this hand?”


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