Travel Ban Version 1: Trump Issues Executive Order Temporarily Banning Immigration From 7 Middle Eastern Countries And Halting Refugee Admissions
In an effort to protect “the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” and to “ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles“, Trump issued an executive order to suspend the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days, prohibiting the entry of any refugee who is awaiting resettlement in the U.S. It also prohibits all Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. until further notice.
Trump’s executive order also prohibits immigrants with any visa status from entering the United States from the following countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen.
According to the executive order, the purpose is so that that top security officials may conduct a review of all immigration statuses and to ensure that individuals traveling to the United States are “not a security or public-safety threat”.
“The ban includes seven majority Muslim countries, but by no means are these states the most populous Muslim countries, nor are they among the top sources of Muslim immigration to the U.S., nor have they produced terrorists in the same numbers as other Muslim countries not on the list“.
However, Trump stated in an interview that Christian refugees will be prioritized.