Washington: President of United States Donald Trump has signed an executive order titled “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” that will deny immigrants and refugees from certain Muslim countries from entering the United States.
These “extreme vetting” measures have been taken to stop terrorists from entering United States, during his visit to the Department of Defence, Donald Trump said: “We are establishing new vetting measures, to keep radical Islamic terrorist out of the United States of America. We don’t want them here. We want to ensure we aren’t admitting into our country the very threats that our men and women are fighting overseas.”
This measure means that the US borders will be closed to immigrants and refugees escaping from war torn countries like Syria. A de facto ban has also been put on Muslims coming to US from North Africa and Middle East.
A 90-day block from entering United States has been put on citizens of Syria, Iran, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. However, it is not yet clear whether or not this ban will apply on citizens of these countries who already have permission to work and live in United States.
The maximum number of refugees to enter United States in 2017 has been reduced to 50,000 which is less than half of the previously allowed number of refugees.
Donald Trump has also said during an interview that refugees will be given priority on the basis of their religions, Christian Syrian refugees will be given priority over Muslim Syrian refugees. He signed the executive order after the swearing in ceremony of Gen James Mattis as defence secretary.
“I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people,” Trump said during the ceremony.
According to the executive order, from now on immigrants will be questioned and evaluated for “their likelihood of becoming a positively contributing member of society.”
Another executive order was also signed by Trump aimed at the “developing plans for new planes, new ships, new resources and new tools for the men and women in uniform.”
During his campaign president Donald Trump had promised to put a complete ban on all Muslims entering the United States until we can figure out a way to find out what is actually going on. But since November he has not even mentioned this complete shutdown of Muslims .
In 2016, United States admitted just 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country, even Canada – whose population is a ninth of that of the US allowed 35,000 Syrian refugees to enter. So it is not like the United States were receiving refugees from war torn areas to begin with, countries much smaller in population and area have allowed more refugees than US.
Here are the salient features of the executive order:
- Syrian refugees are banned until “significant changes” are made.
- Arrivals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia have been suspended for 90 days.
- The United States Refugee Admissions Program has been suspended for 120 days.
- The maximum number refugees allowed to enter US has been limited to just 50,000.