"Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” An Executive Order SIgned by DOnald Trump

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday, January 27th

that restricts immigration from seven Muslim majority countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars Syrian refugees indefinitely. The countries that the ban have been placed on are Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen.

What Is Its Purpose?

White House officials said the policy is designed to protect U.S. borders and to restrict the entry of terrorism suspects. The Department of Homeland Security said fewer than 1 percent of the average 325,000 people who journeyed to the U.S. on Saturday were "inconvenienced."

Who Does It Affect?

The ban does not apply to U.S. citizens. For 120 days, the US will not accept any refugees waiting for resettlement, and it capped the total number of refugees the U.S. will accept this year is 50,000 (For a reference point The Obama Administration wanted to admit 110,000). Syrian refugees have been prohibited from entering until further notice, and citizens from seven majority Muslim countries- Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen are banned from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Individuals who are permanent residents of the U.S. and have green cards who were traveling when the ban was put in place are supposed to be handled on a case-by-case basis and are unable to return. Green-card holders from the banned countries who are in the U.S. will have to meet with a consular officer before traveling in order to ensure that they can return.

Demonstrators gather in Copley Square in Boston to protest Donald Trump's executive order

Demonstrations occurred at major airports

across the country, including in Portland, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, Newark, Denver, and Atlanta.

Legal Action Taken Against the Ban

includes The American Civil Liberties Union in Brooklyn suing over the detention of their Iraqi clients at the John F Kennedy International airport. Late Saturday, Judge Ann Donnelly of NY issued a temporary restraining order stopping the deportation of as many as 200 people. A federal judge in Virginia ordered that travelers have access to volunteer attorneys. A judge in Massachusetts ruled the travelers not only were free from deportation, but that those being held must be released from federal detention. There are reports from pro bono lawyers that border agents may not be complying with some of those directives from the federal judiciary.


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