President Trump signs executive order targeting refugees

Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi said he would not be able to attend the Academy Awards thanks to President Donald Trump's ban on immigrants

The ban, signed by President Trump as an executive order, stops immigration from seven majority Muslim countries.

"We don't want them here", Trump said after he signed the executive order on his first visit to the Pentagon, a week after he was sworn in as the President. Meanwhile, Donald claims the ban is "working very nicely".

"If you actually get resettled in the United States, it's literally like winning the lottery", Limon said.

Trump's order blocking refugees from anywhere in the world for 120 days - indefinitely for those from Syria - and citizens from Muslim-majority nations Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya went into effect Friday. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, said Trump "is using the tools granted to him by Congress and the power granted by the Constitution to help keep America safe and ensure we know who is entering the United States".

There was no count available of how many people were either detained here in the U.S. or left stranded at airports around the world on their way to the United States, organizations dealing with refugees have said they have received reports of people being detained at airports all around the country. He told the New York Times: "We have no evidence that would support a belief that the Obama administration was discriminating against Christian populations".

Representing another country affected by the ban, Abdel-Malak al-Mekhlafi said on Twitter that it is "not justified" and "supports the terrorists and sows divisions among people".

Arab leaders in countries unaffected by the visa ban may not respond with outright criticism of the United States, possibly waiting to see what active steps Trump takes in the region's many crises.

News reports had said that U.S. has identified six countries - Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq - from where it would refuse to provide its visas.

"I think this is going to alienate the whole Muslim world", said Mouwafak al-Rubaie, a lawmaker and former national security adviser in Iraq. But those attorneys were relying on leaks of the executive order that had been reported in the media.

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General refugee admissions to the US are also banned for 120 days, and the admission of Syrian refugees is suspended indefinitely. It will not apply to dual citizens of one of those countries travelling to the United States from outside those countries.

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Moreover, Mr. Trump's immigration ban is based on precedent.

Separately, Trump said that Syrian Christians will be given priority when it comes to applying for refugee status, a policy that would likely be challenged on similar grounds.

"This 90-day ban could imperil the lives of this family and potentially others, and it's unacceptable, and I urge the administration to halt enforcement of this order until a more thoughtful and deliberate policy can be reinstated". And if they planned to travel out of the USA, they must see a consular officer before leaving.

"Faced with the humanitarian crisis of our time, the United States can not turn its back on children fleeing persecution, genocide and terror", Durbin said in a statement calling Trump's order a "ban on Muslims in the United States".

This includes those who share dual nationality with other countries, including the UK.

Trump said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network on Friday that he regards Christians as a priority for the United States refugee program.

Thousands of refugees seeking entry were thrown into limbo.

He, however, denied that barring refugees from several predominantly Muslim nations amounted to a ban on Muslims.

Germany and France also expressed discontent with Trump's measures.