President Trump signed an executive order on Friday that bars
refugees in seven countries from entering U.S. borders.
President Donald Trump’s latest executive action is probably his
most radical. According to a report from The New York Times, on Friday Trump signed an executive order that effectively bars refugees in seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering
United States borders. Additionally, the order established a
religion based test for refugees and instructed that those of Christian religion or other minority religions be given priority over
The seven countries barred, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen are linked to concerns about terrorism according to Trump’s administration. The order exercises harsh regulations on these countries including an indefinite immigration ban on Syrian refugees and a 120 day bay on all refugee immigration into the United States.
President Trump claims that this order will keep out “Radical
Islamic terrorists,” and claims that his plan seeks “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 country, and love deeply our people.”
The president’s plan has been met with widespread disapproval as it is contradictory and viewed by many as officially sanctioned
religious persecution. Though his campaign for office announced it’s plan for extreme vetting back in September, his rationale
behind the plan largely hinged on the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as
justification. But his executive order doesn’t ban immigration on
any of the countries that the 19 airplane hijackers come from
including Egypt, Suadi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,
which all just so happen to be places that Trump does business
or has business interests in.
Additionally, the president signed a memorandum on Friday that he says will call for budget renegotiations and a “Great rebuilding
of the armed services,” that would ensure “Our military strength
will be questioned by no one, but neither will our dedication to peace.”
You can view the full list of actions here and stay tuned for more
details as they emerge.