Donald Trump’s immigration ban


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President Trump introduces a new executive order for an intense immigration ban.

On Friday, Jan. 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that limits the immigration from several Muslim countries. This restriction involves suspending all refugees entrance for 120 days and bans all Syrian refugees indefinitely.

Trump’s most recent executive order has been on immigration. This executive order temporarily bans travel from several Muslim countries such as Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Trump responded to media outlets and reporters saying that his actions will “keep radical Islamic terrorist out of the United States.”

However, his course of action also bans Green Card holders and those who are permanent United States residents. Many travelers who were on planes at the time of the ban, were immediately sent back to the country in which they were coming from. 

Be that as it may, these travelers are not banned for life. Those with Green Cards and other special circumstances regarding being ‘legal’ United States citizens can apply for a waiver to enter America after visiting a foreign country.

Iran is one of the countries that was banned. Iran’s foreign ministry said that they will take “proportionate legal, consular and political action,” said the Iran ministry. “They will take reciprocal measures in order to safeguard the rights of its citizens until the time of the removal of the insulting restrictions of the government of the United States against Iranian nationals.”

Airports have been struggling to adjust to the new directions this order gives. In New York, two Iraqi nationals sued the federal government after they were detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Ten others were detained as well.

In Philadelphia, a Syrian family of six who had a visa through a family connection in the US was placed on a return flight to Doha, Qatar.

There had been some debate whether green card holders should even be allowed to board international flights. It was decided by the Department of Homeland Security that they could fly to America and be handled on a case by case basis if and for how long they were allowed to stay.

All of this confusion has led to an even bigger conundrum. President Trump fired his acting attorney general on January 30. Trump removed Sally Yates as the nation’s top law enforcement officer after she defiantly refused to defend his executive order of closing the nation’s borders to refugees and people from predominantly Muslim countries.

Yates has been replaced by Dana Boente, who was the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia saying that he would serve as attorney general until Congress acts to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama.

This has been one of the most debated topics in the news since Trump became president.

On February 4, a judge halted the enforcement of his executive order.

Federal judge James Robart was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush in 2004 after receiving unanimous support from the U.S. Senate.

The United States Senator Patrick Leahy is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and also voted for the confirmation of Robart into federal court.

“The president’s hostility toward the rule of law is not just embarrassing, it is dangerous. He seems intent on precipitating a constitutional crisis,” Leahy said. “And now he is attempting to bully and disparage yet another federal judge this one appointed by a Republican president and confirmed by a Republican Senator for having the audacity to do his job and apply the rule of the law.”

No matter the controversy over Trump’s executive orders and decisions, he seems determined to change America for the better and to start a new chapter in history. This is arguably the most controversial start to any president’s term in history.

“We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams,” said Trump.

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