5-year old boy detained at Washington Dulles International Airport

Published: Jan. 30, 2017 at 8:13 AM EST
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A 5-year old boy detained for hours after President Donald Trump's executive order is reunited with his mother.

Video shows the mother and son embracing after they are finally reunited. The boy was taken into custody Saturday at Washington-Dulles airport and held. Democrats say the 5-year old is a US citizen from Maryland, his mother is from Iran. The boy traveled to Washington Dulles airport with another family member. His mother was waiting to pick him up when he arrived but the five year old was detained for hours.

Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland blasted Trump about the boy being detained for more than four hours saying it happened even though the senator had given authorities advance notice of the boy's arrival. The detainment of the child sparked outrage online.

Trump’s executive order, signed Friday, temporarily bans travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Syrian refugees are blocked indefinitely. Trump defends the controversial immigration ban saying quote, "this is about terror and keeping our country safe." Trump says, "we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and voters."

It is outrageous that a 5-year-old boy—an American citizen and Maryland resident—was detained for more than 4 hours this...

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