Two New York City Democrats joined hundreds of demonstrators to protest the reported detainment of several foreign nationals at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, N.Y., in response to President Trump's executive order.

Trump issued a several-month moratorium on accepting refugees and others from seven countries in the Middle East and North Africa, and an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) said Hameed Khalid Darweesh, 53, an interpreter for U.S. contractors, was one of several "detained illegally" by customs officials at the airport.

Darweesh, who has since been released, and another Iraqi man were held after arriving in the United States, according to the New York Post.

Fellow New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Upper West Side) said there are at least 11 other people who have been detained by authorities.

"The people who are in the air when this [order] comes out should not suddenly be taken into custody," he said, "it makes no sense."

Nadler called Trump's executive order "frankly quite disgusting" and "discriminatory on religion."

Velazquez echoed Nadler's concerns: "I am begging you to go and revisit this. It's ill-advised and it's mean-spirited," she said, apparently addressing the administration.


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The second Iraqi man detained, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, who was coming to meet his wife and son in the United States, has yet to be released from the Queens, N.Y. airport, the Post reported.

Earlier Saturday, six passengers, five Iraqis and one Yemeni, were barred from boarding an EgyptAir flight from Cairo to New York City, the New York Post reported.

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