30 January 2017 - Donald Trump's Immigration Ban
Doug Criss (CNN, 30/01/2017)
President Trump signed an executive order Friday night to keep refugees from entering the country for 120 days and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations out for three months. The countries affected are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. This is the "extreme vetting" Trump promised during the campaign, but it still seems to have caught folks by surprise.
Team Trump apparently never ran the order by officials at the Justice Department. Homeland Security officials weren't given much guidance about how the order would be implemented or enforced. Thus the confusion and chaos.
The ban snared green card holders and people with valid visas alike. Some travelers who were in the air when Trump signed the order weren't able to enter the country when they landed. Some were detained. Others were sent back to where they flew in from. Lawsuits began to fly and by Saturday night a federal judge had temporarily and partially blocked Trump's order.
Talking about the ban in the classroom
Michael Gonchar and Katherine Schulten (The New York Times, 29/01/2017)
By Jan. 28, a federal judge in Brooklyn had already blocked part of the president’s actions, preventing the government from deporting some arrivals who found themselves ensnared by the presidential order. But the judge stopped short of letting those new arrivals into the country or issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s actions.
On Jan. 29, Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, appeared to reverse a key part of Mr. Trump’s immigration order, saying that people from the affected countries who hold green cards would not be prevented from returning to the United States. But Mr. Priebus also said that border agents had “discretionary authority” to detain and question suspect travelers from certain countries. That statement seemed to add to the uncertainty over how the executive order would be interpreted and enforced in the days ahead.
Lauren Gambino, Sabrina Siddiqui, Paul Owen and Edward Helmore (The Guardian, 30/01/2017)
Thousands of protesters gathered and marched in cities and at airports across the US on Sunday, in opposition to the executive order from Donald Trump which imposed a freeze on refugee admissions and a ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
In a statement on Sunday, Trump insisted the order was not a Muslim ban of the kind he called for on the campaign trail. Protests against his order, however, centered on the ban’s apparent discrimination against Muslims.
The order said the US would favour religious minorities when travel from the seven countries is reopened, and in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday Trump said he would favour Christians.
Laura King, Barbara Demick and Molly Hennessy-Fiske (The Los Angeles Times, 28/01/2017)
President Trump’s executive order suspending refugee arrivals and banning entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries spawned chaos and consternation across the globe Saturday, stranding unwitting travelers, prompting passionate debate over American values and igniting a fierce legal pushback that yielded early court victories for the president’s opponents.
The abrupt ban ensnared people from all walks of life who were caught in transit or expecting to soon return to the U.S. — not only refugees but students on a break from studies, business travelers and scientists, tourists and concert musicians, even the bereaved who had gone home for funerals.
Of all the directives issued during a first jolting week of Trump’s presidency, it was this one that reverberated most powerfully in the outside world. Trump and his team insisted the order was not intended to target Islam and its followers, but the hashtag #muslimban trended, and many Muslims both in America and abroad said they viewed the measure as a broadly conceived and stinging exclusion.
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