Trump orders extreme vetting
Marking a draconian shift in the US policy, Donald Trump on Friday issued an executive order that will deny refugees and immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries entry to the United States.
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Washington: Marking a draconian shift in the US policy, Donald Trump on Friday issued an executive order that will deny refugees and immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries entry to the United States.
With a simple stroke of his pen, the president issued what he dubbed ‘extreme vetting’ measures intended to ‘keep terrorists out’ of the United States – the details of which were even more severe than had been expected.
Trump’s unprecedented action will indefinitely close US borders to refugees fleeing the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Syria and impose a de facto ban on Muslims travelling to the US from parts of the Middle East and North Africa by prioritizing refugee claims “on the basis of religious-based persecution”.
“We are establishing new vetting measures, to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America,” Trump said, during a visit to the Department of Defence.
“We don’t want ‘em here. We want to ensure we aren’t admitting into our country the very threats that our men and women are fighting overseas.”
Nearly two hours later, the White House made public his executive order, titled “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States”.
The action puts in place a 90- day block on entry to the US from citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. It is unclear whether the measure would apply to citizens of those countries on trips abroad who already have permission to live and work in the US.
It suspends the admittance of all refugees to the US for a period of 120 days, and terminates indefinitely all refugee admissions from Syria, where the nearly sixyear war under Bashar al-Assad’s regime has led to more than 500,000 civilian deaths and created the displacement of an estimated 11 million Syrians.
It also caps the total number of refugees entering the US in 2017 to 50,000 – less than half the previous year’s figure of 117,000. The move, which appears to run counter to the US constitution’s principle of not discriminating on the basis of religion, fulfils the vow Trump had made on the campaign trail to limit Muslim immigration to the United States.
“We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people,” Trump said.