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First would-be migrants to US grounded in Cairo

7 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Saturday, January 28 2017 Jan 28, 2017 January 28, 2017 10:26 AM January 28, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

CAIRO - Cairo airport officials say seven U.S.-bound migrants - six from Iraq and one from Yemen - have been prevented from boarding an EgyptAir flight to New York's JFK airport.

The officials said the action Saturday by the airport was the first since President Donald Trump imposed a three-month ban on refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

The officials said the seven migrants, escorted by officials from the U.N. refugee agency, were stopped from boarding the plane after authorities at Cairo airport contacted their counterparts in JFK airport.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

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