President Donald Trump says travel ban will stop 'bad dudes' entering America
Jan 31 2017 by Desiree Burns
After his executive order suspending the United States' refugee program and temporarily banning people from seven predominantly Muslims countries caused chaos at airports over the weekend, President Donald Trump defended his action on Sunday.
One of two Iraqi refugees being held at John F. Kennedy Airport in NY under President Donald Trump's new order barring refugees from several Muslim countries was released Saturday, though his future status in the United States remains unclear. His order does not specify which countries would be affected, but the AP and Reuters said they likely include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
The White House released no details of the document, but mediareports suggested that it may include an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees and a four-month ban on all refugees as the us government assesses the level of risks in each country.
Day 9 of the Trump presidency left no doubt of that, as bans on refugees and travel from seven Muslim countries took hold Saturday. He said the ban was needed to keep out "radical Islamic terrorists".
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Saturday sued the Trump administration on behalf of two men who were detained at an airport while traveling back to the USA because of President Trump's immigration crackdown.
Two days after Trump issued his controversial order, confusion reigned over its scope and implemention.
US travelers-citizens, legal residents, and green card holders-saw a wave of immediate reaction that will continue to affect their own travel.
U.S. green card holders from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries travelling outside the United States need to check with a USA consulate to see whether they can return, senior U.S. administration officials said on Saturday.
Also on Monday, Iraq's foreign ministry urged the USA to review the ban. The same lawyers also filed a request to represent all refugees were were stuck at US airports and unable to enter the country.
Some pointed out that this executive order will also hurt children.
The UN refugee agency said some 25,000 refugees were resettled in the United States between October and year-end under its programme for the most vulnerable.
President Donald Trump is poised to temporarily halt the nation's refugee programme and usher in the most sweeping changes in more than 40 years to how the United States welcomes the world's most vulnerable people.
The action comes after a petitioncalling for the USA president's United Kingdom state visit to be axed surged to more than a million signatures after his executive order.
As of now, no details on the orders themselves are available.
"There is no evidence that refugees - the most thoroughly vetted of all people entering our nation - are a threat to national security", Lena F. Masri, the group's national litigation director. Refugee processing was suspended in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks and restarted months later.
Democrat attorneys general are expected to be a source of fierce resistance to Trump, much as Republican AGs opposed former President Barack Obama.