Published: Sun, February 05, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Attorneys general from 16 states condemn Trump travel ban

Attorneys general from 16 states condemn Trump travel ban

The orders represent a significant expansion in the bans on foreign travel and immigration President Trump signed last Friday, with an executive order that immediately barred travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries, spurring confusion amongst customs officials and protests around the country.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, and Rev. Jesse Jackson were among the local leaders who joined protesters at O'Hare on Sunday; condemning the president's stance, and offering assistance to travelers who have been detained or questioned extensively due to the travel ban.

"One million people have come into this country. A lot of bad "dudes" out there!"

Trump's executive order temporarily suspends immigration for citizens of seven majority Muslim countries for 90 days.

Trump cast the move as in line with the previous administration's moves to combat terrorism, writing: "My policy is similar to what President (Barack) Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months".

The move appears to mark the first successful legal challenge to the Trump administration and affects those who have arrived in the US with previously approved refugee applications or were in transit with valid visas. U.S. Muslim immigrants are spreading goodwill about America's freedoms around the world.

Government data show that during the 2011 budget year, more than 7,800 Iraqis were allowed into the United States on non-immigrant visas, including tourists.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earlier had indirectly criticised another Trump executive order that assigns federal funds for the construction of a wall on the border separating the U.S. and Mexico.

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But White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has said those from the seven countries will be subject to tougher checks. "H$3 e's aiming at US citizen kids who have an undocumented parent, and depending how broad the reach of his order, he could deport kids who have received reduced lunches in school".

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, said the ban promoted "a general suspicion against people of a certain faith, in this case against people of Muslim faith". "This is not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe", Trump said in the statement. In a briefing for reporters, White House officials said that green card holders from the seven affected countries who are outside the U.S. would need a case-by-case waiver to return, the report said.

Sean Spicer says officials were concerned about the possibility that doing it in a more open fashion would "telegraph what you're going to do" to people who might have rushed to airports to beat the ban. But he's also being misleading.

A recent Reuters poll found the nation, despite huge protests across the nation, is split on support for Trump's 90-day ban on non-U.S. citizens entering the country from one of the seven Muslim-majority nations.

The case played out amid global turmoil as the order signed on Friday shut the borders of the U.S. for an Iranian scientist headed to a lab in MA, a Syrian refugee family headed to a new life in OH and countless others across the world.

"We're concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the U.S.", Google said in a statement. Separately, in a Tweet on Sunday, the president said: "Christians in the Middle East have been executed in large numbers".

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