Trump's order causes detainment of local couple on way back to Henderson from Iran

LAS VEGAS - The family of a local couple who was detained as they tried to fly back home from Iran spoke to 8 News NOW about the immigration executive order President Trump signed Friday. 

"I found out first thing in the morning before they even landed in Chicago," said Bita Nasri, her in-laws were detained at a Chicago airport.

Nasri said her in-laws were trying to fly back to the states from Iran after attending their son's wedding.  The family says the detainment traumatized the elderly couple.

The couple was supposed to land at McCarran International Airport Saturday evening.  When they finally made it home the next day, the couple arrived at the airport that had a crowd of protesters opposing Trump's executive order banning travel for citizens of seven Muslim countries.

The elderly couple from Henderson had a layover in Chicago, and that forced them to miss their connecting flight on Saturday.

"We were terrified not knowing what was going on," Nasri said.

Nasri says both of her in-laws are Green Card holders and have lived in Nevada for five years.  She says they were questioned for nine hours without food or water.

According to Nasri, "They were scared. They were frustrated. They were nervous. They were anxious."

The ACLU of Nevada is among the organizations helping travelers detained at McCarran Airport.  The organization is aware of at least a handful of travelers who were questioned over the weekend, including another couple originally from Syria.

To the ACLU's knowledge, no one has been sent back.

"It's terrifying and unnecessary for this to happen to anyone here," said Amy Rose, the legal director of the ACLU of Nevada.

Rose says a team of immigration attorneys are on standby, ready to help anyone in need of legal representation.

"We just have to continue to remain vigilant to make sure that customs and border protection knows that we're there," Rose said.

As for the couple traveling from Iran, they were finally released and landed in Las Vegas Sunday morning where they were welcomed by their anxious family and protestors.

"We were relieved," Nasri said.

Nasri said her father was scheduled to fly to Iran on Tuesday but has decided to cancel his flight.

8 News NOW reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, but have yet to hear back.

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