On Friday, January 27th Donald Trump signed an executive order inciting an immigration ban. The executive order banned entry of refugees for 120 days and indefinitely banned entry of Syrian refugees. It also banned entry into the United States for seven Muslim majority nations: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
With a stroke of a pen, the newly elected president sent the world into a panic. Some administration officials didn’t know the magnitude of the executive order until it was signed. The ban not only blocked refugees, but it also block green card holders. Meaning that people who are lawful permanent residents not in the US were banned from their homes.
Immediately stories begin to pour out about how the executive order, colloquially being referred to as the Muslim Ban, was affecting people’s lives. There was an account of a PhD student at NYU who received a full scholarship to study for the next five years. She’d been in the US since 2009, but upon arriving at the airport, she was told she’d have to fly back to Iran.
Another incident involves two young girls who hadn’t seen their mother in years. Reportedly, she was granted the ability to come the United States on January 16th, but while she was in transit, Trump’s executive order went into effect.
Those cases were not anomalies. Trump’s executive order had immediate world-wide repercussions; however, there has been some legal pushback.
According to The New York Times, two Iraqi immigrants, defended by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a lawsuit against Trump on Saturday, January 29th. Trump was accused of constitutional and legal overreach.
Federal Judge Ann M. Donnelly, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama and confirmed by the senate 95-2 in 2015, ruled just before 9 p.m. that implementing Mr. Trump’s order by sending the travelers home could cause them “irreparable harm.” Her ruling meant that individuals who’d already arrived or were in transit to the United States with valid visas or refugee status would not be deported.
It’s important to note that her ruling did not lift the ban. As aforementioned, it only aided those in the United States and those in transit. Her ruling stopped short of issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s actions according to The NY Times. It’s also unclear what will happen to those who made it to the states, but were sent back to their country of origin.
According to Washington’s Top News, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema ordered that permanent legal residents detained at Dulles International Airport shall have access to lawyers and that U.S. immigration agencies are forbidden from removing them for seven days from the order’s issuance.
Trump is clearly delusional in regards to the effects his executive order is having. “It’s not a Muslim ban, but we were totally prepared,” Trump said. “It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over.”
People across the world are coming together again his executive order, but some have dug up some intriguing information.
According to numerous reports, Trump’s executive order only cited seven Muslim majority countries where Trump has had no business ties. The countries in yellow are non-banned Muslim majority countries in Northern Africa and the Middle East that Trump has previously had ties.
Protests have erupted across the nation and are ongoing. As of right now, there are still thousands with their fate uncertain. Updates will come.