U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Friday that places a 90 day suspension of entry for immigrants and non-immigrants from 7 Muslim majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa and also suspends refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days while an extensive vetting process is undertaken to ensure they don’t pose a threat to Americans.
President Trump explained on Friday at the Pentagon that the aim of the new immigration executive order was “to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the country.”
“We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our county, and love deeply our people” President Trump said.
The 7 countries impacted by the temporary travel suspension includes Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
The Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security may submit to the President the names of any additional countries recommended for similar treatment.
The full executive order also states that The Secretary of State shall suspend the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days while a vetting process is undertaken to help ensure that they do not pose a threat to the security and welfare of the United States.
The number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. are capped at no more than 50,000 during fiscal year 2017, down from the 110,000 that were set to enter the country.
Syrian refugees are blocked from entering the U.S. for an undetermined period of time.
“I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I have determined that sufficient changes have been made to the USRAP to ensure that admission of Syrian refugees is consistent with the national interest” the executive order states.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg criticized President Trump’s new executive order on immigration in a lengthy January 27th Facebook post
Zuckerberg said he’s concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump and pointed out his great grandparents came from Germany, Austria and Poland while his wife Priscilla’s parents were refugees from China and Vietnam.
“We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in fear of deportation” Zuckerberg wrote.
“We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That’s who we are. Had we turned away refugees a few decades ago, Priscilla’s family wouldn’t be here today” Zuckerberg added.
Some immigration lawyers and immigration policy analysts are questioning whether Trump’s immigration ban is even legal.
The Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, also called the Hart-Celler Act, revised the way that quotas were used and ended a discriminatory practice that was based on an individual’s place of birth.
Before revisions were made in 1965 through the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, earlier laws restricted immigration from Asia and Africa, and gave priority to northern and western Europeans over southern and eastern Europeans.
Trump Says Persecuted Christians Will Be Given Priority To Enter The U.S. As Refugees
President Donald Trump said during an interview on Friday with the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) that persecuted Christians will be given a priority to enter the United States as refugees.
“They’ve been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them” said President Trump.