Trump ‘Foreign Terrorist Entry’ Executive Order Already Having Impact on Travelers and Borders

By Paul Riegler on 28 January 2017
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John F. Kennedy International Airport from the air

John F. Kennedy International Airport from the air

NEW YORK—President Donald Trump’s executive order barring entry to all people from certain terrorism-prone countries from the United States for 90 days went into effect hours after it was signed.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a directive on Saturday ordering the Customs and Border Protection agency to enforce the executive order, which carried the title “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.”

“I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order,” the order reads.

The executive order bans nationals from six countries – Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya – from entering the country for 90 days and those from Syria indefinitely. The order is not limited to refugees and covers all citizens from those countries.

Within hours there were reports that green card and visa holders were being blocked from getting on flights to the United States from abroad. Several Iraqi nationals and a Yemini passenger were not allowed to board a flight from Cairo to the United States despite holding valid visas. In addition, at least two Iraqi refugees were being held at John F. Kennedy International Airport after arriving late Saturday.

The impact is also being felt by technology companies in the United States. Google said it was recalling traveling employees to the United States amidst concerns that their reentry could be blocked due to the order and fears that as many as 200 might be unable to return to the United States due to the order.

The president also instructed the State Department to immediately suspend the U.S.’s Visa Interview Waiver Program which had allowed frequent visitors to the country to renew their visas without an in-person interview.

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