Trump signed an executive order banning entry for 90 days for people from  seven muslim majority countries.These countries are:

  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • Iran
  • Libya
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Yemen

If you have a visa, it can’t be used. This includes green card holders from these countries, and and people on long term visas such as an H-1b or F-1.

The order also instructs the Department of Homeland Security to to conduct a 30 day review or other countries . The order also stops the entry of all refugees for four months.

The order has also suspended the entry by refugees from any country for four months, claiming that it is unsafe to allow their entry, even though it takes at least two years of screening before a refugee is allowed entry. If and when refugee entries restart, the total number of refugees that may be admitted has been halved to 50,000 per year, and that priority should be “provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion.” This is widely seen as his campaign promise to allow christians to flee war ravaged counties, but not muslims. The order explicitly bans all Syrian refugees.

As I was typing this, it broke that two Iraqis that were granted a special immigrant visa because of their cooperation with the US government during the Iraq occupation are suing the government after they were detained at JFK and denied entry.

I am very disturbed that this is applying to people that have valid visas and green card holders. I’ve worked with Iranians and Syrians. There’s nothing inherently dangerous about these people, and yet now they’re being treated like they are a unique persistent threat to the very country. It’s ludicrous. As of today,  these people can leave the country.

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