Donald Trump announced Friday that he would be signing an executive order to ban incoming refugees from seven dominantly Muslim countries. As of now, the ban will prevent all immigrants and visa-holders from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Refugee admissions will be halted for 120 days. The seven countries affected by the ban are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen.
As Trump signed the order, there were refugees and incoming citizens that were on planes heading to the United States. Once the planes landed on the US soil, each citizen or refugee was detained. This led to mass protests at several international airports for the release of those refugees and citizens, and it would also lead to many protests against the executive order. Dulles International Airport outside Washington D.C. and the John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens are two airports that have seen mass protest in response to the immigration ban.
Trump’s immigration executive order has also raised the question of how this ban will affect United States relations with other countries. Dr. Ann Shumaker, a Political Science professor at Emory & Henry, thinks that the ban can come back hurt the U.S.
“The ban could increase more terrorist attacks against the U.S., for those who feel angered toward President Trump and the country. It can also lead to a lot of what-ifs with allied forces now, who are too afraid to work with Trump now,” Shumaker said.
As of Monday Jan. 30, Shumaker’s take on the executive ban seems to be holding true. According to CNN, “German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Trump in a telephone call Saturday that the halt to refugee entries from Syria infringed on the Geneva Conventions.” This quote came from Merkel’s publicist.
Many Americans have also raised the question of how the ban will affect those traveling or studying abroad in one of the seven countries addressed in Trump’s executive order.
Shumaker believes that the ban will “not affect them, unless they travel. Those that have ‘green cards’ I think will be okay, but each time they re-enter the US, it will be determined on case-by-case basis. Those that want to leave to visit somewhere else, must get permission first before they can even leave,” Shumaker said.
In the weekend following Trump’s executive order on immigration, many permanent residents or green-card holders were denied entry into the U.S. solely based on their nationality status in the seven named countries of the order.
However, Department of Homeland Security secretary John Kelly issued a statement on January 29 that allowed green-card holders back into the U.S., despite their native country status.
– Andrew McClung