He argued that his policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. Already, the order has caused heartbreak for families whose members from affected countries with valid USA papers were detained and refused entry on flights.
Since then, thousands of protesters have gathered outside and even inside airports across the USA to protest against the controversial executive order signed by Trump. The new executive order is not a complete ban – it suspends USA visas, including green cards for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, effective immediately. Interpreters who worked for US troops in Iraq were also detained before being granted entry. “He called me up, he said, ‘Put a commission together, show me the right way to do it legally.’” Giuliani, who was mayor of New York City on September 11, 2001, said he then assembled a commission that included lawmakers and legal experts, “and what we did was we focused on, instead of religion, danger”.
He said Trump’s decision “only serves to provide a fertile ground for more terrorist recruitment by deepening the ruptures and fault lines which have been exploited by extremist demagogues to swell their ranks”.
And while the orders stop short of a blanket ban on all Muslim entry, its singling out of seven Muslim nations was a message in itself. Yet it allows exceptions for members of religious minorities in Muslim countries, so the intent to target Muslims is obvious. “This order would protect people who they allow to come here and reach USA soil”.
Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, also praised Trump for moving so swiftly.
“I’ll tell you the whole history of it”, Giuliani said. “We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas”, Trump said, speaking at a ceremonial swearing-in of Defence Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon. Portman’s office said at the time he would have something to say on his Sunday appearance on CNN.
“If you don’t let somebody in who has a job here, they could lose their job”.
Dozens of people were detained at airports all around the U.S. on Saturday, sowing confusion between attorneys and authorities and chaos for travelers and families, many of whom were separated by legal barriers overnight and in transit.
Astan is not an immigration lawyer.
The Council on American‐Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, filed the lawsuit in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria) on behalf of 27 plaintiffs, including Muslim-American community leaders and unnamed Doe individuals, listed as “John Does”.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which brought the case, estimates the ruling will affect between 100 and 200 people who are now either in transit or detained at airports.
Over the weekend, the ACLU broke its fundraising record. More than 200 million people are now banned from entering the United States.