Trump Issues Executive Order Barring Nationals of Seven Countries
Posted Feb 1, 2017
President Trump issued an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” that banned nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for at least the next 90 days. The executive order also indefinitely bans entry of refugees fleeing Syria and calls for a review into suspending the Visa Interview Waiver Program, which allows travelers from 38 countries to renew travel authorizations without an in-person interview. California’s new Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a statement reading, in part, “We will do all we can for refugees who have met our country’s legal test for admission to escape death and persecution. We will use every tool within our authority to offer victims of the Trump Administration’s overreach a fighting chance to overcome but another cruel barrier to their flight to freedom”. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, in an emergency ruling, stayed the execution, until further notice, of portions of the executive order. Read articles in the New York Times and Bloomberg Politics.