Draft executive order would halt refugee processing, suspend issuing visas

Delia Watkins
January 28, 2017

However, it has been widely reported that the order would enact a temporary ban on refugees and suspend visas to immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Trump is also imposing a 90-day ban on entry to the US for visitors hailing from "countries of particular concern" when it comes to terrorism.

The order demands a 30-day halt on immigration from several countries that have already been labelled as linked to terrorism under various laws, including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia.

The executive order also calls for a four-month suspension for all refugees coming into the country.

Many Trump supporters decried former President Barack Obama's decision to increase the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States over fears that those fleeing the country's civil war would carry out attacks.

"Deteriorating conditions in certain countries due to war, strife, disaster, and civil unrest increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States".

"We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people", Trump said.

President Donald Trump may limit immigration of refugees from Middle Eastern and African Countries - basically countries deemed by the Trump Administration to be particularly prone to terrorism.

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"The whole point here is that we need to a better job vetting" for visas and also for refugees, McCaul said.

The White House did not immediately release the executive orders Trump signed Friday.

On the campaign trail, Mr Trump initially proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, which he said would protect Americans from jihadist attacks.

The Trump administration's plans to limit immigration and refugees could be a boon for Canada but also risky for those fleeing war-torn countries, according to Calgary experts. Simon Henshaw, of the State Department's Bureau Of Population, Refugees, And Migration, said that although Christians made up about 10 percent of Syria's prewar population, they comprised only about 1 percent of those who have fled.

It's true that Christians make up only a small portion of Syrian refugees admitted into the United States. "We'll continue to pursue that policy and we'll make sure that we keep our tradition of being open and welcoming to newcomers".

On Wednesday, President Trump took the first steps to begin toward achieving some of his most contentious campaign promises. While all are Muslim-majority countries, the list - and the ban - do not include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and numerous other Muslim-majority countries. Ever since Trump's victory, the nation has seen an uptick in race-motivated hate crimes, particularly against Muslim women.

"Trump's latest executive order is likely to hurt the people most in need: those fleeing violence and terrorism - and on Holocaust Remembrance Day, no less", said Grace Meng, senior U.S. researcher at Human Rights Watch.

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