Verify: Trump's 2017 executive order vs. Obama's 2011 executive order

  • Verify: Trump's 2017 executive order vs. Obama's 2011 executive order

Verify: Trump's 2017 executive order vs. Obama's 2011 executive order

U.S. District Judge Ann M. Donnelly ordered a halt to any removal of refugees or others who hold valid visas to enter the United States-meaning those who have arrived at U.S. airports from the seven predominantly Muslim countries named under the President's executive order can remain, for now. The White House confirmed this position Saturday night, and said that green card holders would be evaluated on a "case-by-case" basis.

The Department of Homeland Security said the order also barred green card holders from those countries from re-entering the US. He also noted that customs and border patrol agents have "discretionary authority" when they suspect someone is "up to no good" when they travel back and forth to countries listed in the order.

"When he first announced it, he said "Muslim ban", Rudy Giuliani told Fox News" Jeanine Pirro.

Legal scholars have called the order unconstitutional because it appears to specifically target Muslims, and because Trump has said the system would prioritize Christians from the countries named. "We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days".

To stress his point, Trump added, "There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order".

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order suspending the United States refugee programme for 120 days, specifically barring Syrian refugees until further notice.

"I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria", Trump said in the statement. "This is why I left my country to come here".

Executive Order for Immigration Ban
President Trump signs an executive order

Trump says his controversial executive order is similar to one signed by former President Obama in 2011 targeting Iraqi refugees.

The effects of the order were felt immediately. Refugees who have been approved to enter the USA, valid visa holders and longtime permanent residents with green-cards have all been detained and in some cases denied entry in the hours since the order was signed.

A New York Judge has issued an emergency stay on president's decision temporarily on the removal of individuals.

Gelernt said the ACLU is waiting for a list of detainee names from the government to try to determine who has been detained.

She did not rule on the constitutionality of Trump's order.

Read the full three-page ruling here.

Among the many whose lives were impacted was an Iraqi man who worked as a translator for the USA military for 10 years and had been granted a visa, another Iraqi man trying to join his wife and son who are both legal permanent residents in Texas, an Iranian student whose parents were on their way to meet her and a Sudanese doctor at Cleveland Clinic who was denied entry into the country. "You know, there are many, many nuances of immigration policy that can be life or death for many innocent, vulnerable people around the world", he said, according to the Post. However, it does mean that refugees and others trapped at airports across the United States will not be sent back to their home countries against their will. The crowds chanted "USA, USA" and sang "this land is my land, this land is your land" as detainees were released. Only a small percentage of the Syrians fleeing the country were Christian; they may also have been underrepresented in the refugee camps overseen by the United Nations refugee agency, which is largely responsible for determining who qualify as refugees.