(January 27) The executive order was designed Trump said to "keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States". In a TV broadcast on Friday he said that Christians would be given priority among Syrians applying for refugee status.
|The full text of the executive order is available here. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) immediately announced it would be filing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the order claiming that the apparent purpose and underlying motive is to ban people of the Islamic faith from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Actually the order does not include several Muslim-majority countries where Trump has businesses such as Saudi Arabia, the GCC members and Egypt as being a target of the order. CAIR's Lena Masri said: “There is no evidence that refugees – the most thoroughly vetted of all people entering our nation – are a threat to national security. This is an order that is based on bigotry, not reality.” A tweet notes: "Refugees resettled in US are screened by:- at least 4 US govt agencies- @UNRefugeeAgency - @ICMC_news. The process takes ~4 years."|
Trump’s plan would suspend the entry of immigrants and non-immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen for 90 days, ban refugees from Syria indefinitely, suspend all refugee admissions for 120 days, cut refugee numbers down to a maximum of 50,000 in 2017 (less than half the previous year’s figure of 117,000), and prioritise refugee claims if the refugee is a member of a minority religion – a clear attempt to carve out an exception for Christians.The U.S. Refugee Admissions Programme is suspended for 120 days. The Visa Interview Waiver Programme that allowed immigrants to renew their visas without attending an interview will be immediately suspended. The U.S. actually allows in few Syrian refugees. Last year Obama allowed in only 10,000 whereas Canada with a population one ninth as large took in 35,000.