On Friday, President Trump issued an executive order that blocked refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, from entering America. Refugee admission will be suspended for 120 days because of terror concerns.
Throughout the country, numerous protests have arisen as people flying to the United States from these countries are detained by airport security upon their arrival. Included in the detainees are US permanent residents from these countries possessing valid visas and green cards. This order was made as part of the extensive vetting plan Trump has begun developing, the purpose of which is to “keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.”
He announced this executive order following the order of “a great rebuilding of the Armed Services” that developed a plan for new planes, ships, and technology for the military. About the vetting order, he stated, “We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats that our soldiers are fighting overseas.” His intent is understandable and is welcomed by many Americans, and Trump has denied that the order targets the Muslim religion; however, because he has also established a religious test that orders Christians have priority over Muslims, it seems as though the Muslim ban proposed during his candidacy is being advanced de facto.
Regardless of the President’s attempted reassurances, this executive order sends a message that Muslims are not welcome in the United States. Many of Trump’s fellow prominent Republicans have expressed fear that this executive order “may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”
Watch protest footage here.