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>> US President Donald Trump's executive order barring refugees and blocking visitors to the US from seven predominantly Muslim countries sparking despair overseas.>> Let them out!>> Outrage at home and seems likely to land the Trump administration in court. The order puts a four month hold on allowing refugees into the country and a 90 day halt on travel to the US by citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
The US Department of homeland security confirming that even green card holders will be effected by the ban. Trump saying the order is necessary to protect the United States.>> We want to ensure we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas.>> Donald Trump campaigned on barring Muslims from entering the US after the San Bernardino attack in 2015.
Neither that massacre, nor any of the jihadist inspired attacks inside the US in recent years, were perpetrated by refugees or by citizens of any of the nations temporarily banned. The 9/11 hijackers were Egyptian and Saudi nationals. Those countries are unaffected. The order also bans Syrian refugees indefinitely. Over 300,000 civilians have died in Syria's civil war.
The UN estimates nearly 11 million people are displaced 5 million of them as refugees in neighboring countries. The reaction from Syrian refugees living in Jordan was clear.>> We want to send a message to President Trump as a helpless people who want to stay away from terrorism and war Away from all these problems.
We want to live in peace. We do not want to go to the United States to carry out terrorist operations. We are against terrorism.>> Another group now fearful, Iraqis who worked for the US and coalition forces during the occupation of Iraq. Many of these, who worked as translators, have tried to flee the violence in Iraq and the threat of death for having collaborated with Washington.
One former US Army captain telling Reuters he believes the order will make it harder for the US to recruit Iraqi support and intelligence in the fight against ISIS. Reports of Iraqis with US visas detained at New York's John F Kennedy Airport. Prompting a lawsuit challenging the order Saturday morning.
The order also says it would prioritize refugees fleeing religious persecution. Donald Trump said that the move was aimed at helping Syrian Christians. Critics saying creating a religious test to enter the United States violates the US Constitution. The Council on American Islamic Relations is planning a court challenge Monday.
Panic in the business world as well Google parent company Alphabet is immediately recalling staff back to the United States fearing they may be impacted by the executive order.