First story we're covering involves a controversialexecutive order concerning travel to America. Theorder that President Donald Trump signed Friday iscalled the Protection of the Nation from ForeignTerrorists Entry into the United States. It followsthrough in a campaign promise Mr. Trump made totighten U.S. borders and stop certain refugees fromentering the country.
The order aims to do that by suspending the U.S. refugee admissions program for 120 days.So, that's on hold. It puts a temporary 90-day ban, a stop, to people entering the U.S. fromcertain terrorism-prone countries. It puts an indefinite ban on people entering the U.S. fromSyria, and it puts a limit on the total number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. at 50,000 forthe fiscal year. Former President Obama had increased that to 110,000 in his last year in office.
President Trump wants to institute what he calls extreme vetting, screening of immigrants tothe U.S., and he says this will all help keep Islamic terrorists out of the country.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We only want to admit those intoour country, who will support our country and love deeply our people.
AZUZ: House Speaker Paul Ryan says President Trump is right to make sure the U.S. is doingeverything possible to know exactly who is entering the country. This is not the first time U.S.refugee admissions had been suspended. Former President George W. Bush suspended themfor three months after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.
But President Trump's plan is unique and that it bans from specific countries — Iran, Iraq,Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The majority of people in these countries are Muslim,and critics say the president's order discriminates against Muslims.
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D), NEW YORK: It was implemented in a way that created chaosand confusion across the country and it will only serve to embolden and inspire those aroundthe globe who will do us harm.
AZUZ: The Council on American Islamic Relations says there's no evidence that refugees are athreat to U.S. national security. And over the weekend, a number of legal challenges weremade to the order.
A federal judge in New York granted an emergency stay Saturday night. What that did wouldsay citizens from the affected countries who've already arrived in the U.S. or who were on theway legally, before the order, cannot be removed from America. The judge said that removalwould violate the immigrants due process and equal protection guaranteed by theConstitution.
Across the U.S., protesters gathered to speak out against the restrictions. There weredemonstrations at U.S. landmarks and at major American airports where some people from thelisted countries were detained.