>> A confrontation at New York's JFK International Airport caught on camera Saturday by a Reuters correspondent. Two Democratic members of Congress, Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Valazquez, attempting to gain access to two Iraqis detained by customs and border control. The Iraqis held up, following an executive order signed by Donald Trump banning entry to the US by passport holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
>> Congressmen, Congressmen, what's happening right now? I'm Jonathan Allen from Reuters.>> We're asking, Congresswoman Valazquez and I, are asking for access to the head of the Customs and Bureau->> Border protection.>> Or the Customs and Border Protection here to find out why these refugees are being, number one, why they're being detained, number two, why they're being denied access to their attorneys.
>> Well, these are two members of Congress.>> Turn around and go.>> It doesn't matter.>> You cannot block the entrance.>> We don't intend to go out with you, we're simply waiting, we want to see the head of Customs and Border Patrol.>> The legislators are accompanied by lawyers from the International Refugee Assistance Program who have filed a legal challenge to Donald Trump's executive order.
They claim their clients, who have ties to the US military and were granted US visas, are being unlawfully detained. One worked as an interpreter during the American War on Iraq. The second held a visa so that he could be reunited with his son and wife, already granted refugee status in the US.
Trump's order bans Iraqis and citizens of six other middle eastern and African nations from travelling to the US. The video ends when a Customs and Border Patrol agent orders the correspondent to stop recording.>> We're two members of the United States Congress.>> Sorry, but sir? Sir, I don't care if you videotape this way or that way, you cannot videotape that way.
>> A short while after that, the Reuters correspondent saw one of the two refugees being let in.>>