A day after U.S. President Donald Trump signed an order banning refugees from seven different Arab nations, mass confusion has struck as Muslim travelers are being detained at airports and others are being denied access to flights into the country.
While President Trump’s actions fall right in line with what he promised while campaigning throughout the country, it would appear that some folks didn’t take him seriously and never imagined he would move so swiftly.
Under the ban, people from seven Muslin countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) will be subject to a 4-month ban while the administration looks at the guideline being used to determine who gets in and who stays out. As Trump has stated in the past, this is a necessary step to protect Americans from terrorists.
With families being separated and green card holders being denied access, several immigration attorneys are working long hours preparing lawsuits to block the order. The ban has also provoked the ire of the countries being targeted. In Iran, the ban has been called an “open affront against the Muslim world and the Iranian nation.” The country’s leaders are vowing some type of retaliation.
While green card holders are subject to the ban, Homeland Security has been given enough leeway to address issues on a case by case basis. As part of the order, President Trump has specifically requested that Christians trying to flee Syria be given priority over refugees of the Muslim faith. Some experts have stated that any kind of preferential treatment would be unconstitutional. However, the President still has the authority to grant asylum to whomever he wants.
The most prominent issue at this time involves two Iraqi travelers who have visas, but are currently being detained at Kennedy Airport in New York. According to Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, via Twitter, “@POTUS is a man of action and impact. Promises made, promises kept. Shock to the system. And he’s just getting started.”