(CNN)It turned out to be a crazy few days of turmoil and confusion after President Trump signed his journey prohibition. Not up to speed on what went down over the weekend? Here is a fast primer.
President Trump signed an executive order Friday night to keep refugees from going into the state for 120 days and immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries outside for three months. The states affected are Iran, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. Here is the “extreme vetting” Trump assured throughout the campaign, but nonetheless, it still has seemingly found people by surprise.
Team Trump seemingly never ran the order by officials in the Justice Department. Homeland Security officials were not given much guidance about how the order would be applied or applied. Madness and hence the confusion.
The prohibition snared people and green card holders with legal visas equally. Some voyagers who have been in the air when the order was signed by Trump were not competent to enter the state when they landed. Some were detained. Others were sent back to where they flew in from. Suits started to fly and by Saturday night Trump’s order had been partly and briefly blocked by a national judge.
How large is the backlash?
It is world-wide. Hundreds showed up at airports all over the country — from New York to Atlanta to Seattle to Dallas — to protest. Outspoken bunches from the order assembled outside the White House.
The prohibition was slammed by foreign leaders. UK Prime Minster Theresa May said “we do not agree with this kind of approach.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Trump herself and reminded the President of the United States’ obligations under the Geneva Conventions to refugees. London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the prohibition “shameful and cruel.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that refugees were welcome in Canada. Even some members of the President’s own party joined in the melee. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham said the prohibition would just help ISIS and other militant groups recruit more terrorists. Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman said Trump’s so called extreme checking system “wasn’t properly vetted.” Most of the remaining GOP was quiet.
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria said the targets of the prohibition were the “roadkill of Trump’s posturing.” A request to prevent Trump’s planned state visit to Britain has almost 1 million signatures.
Could it be legal?
That is the million-dollar question. Presidents have extensive power in shaping immigration policy, but a lot of critics believe parts of Trump’s order are discriminatory and unconstitutional. There is already been pushback from your courts.
A federal judge in New York given a crisis stay for citizens of the states contained in rules and the prohibition they can not be removed from the United States. A federal court in Washington issued a stay stopping voyagers from being sent back with their home country, being detained there. National judges in Boston ruled a man can’t be detained by officials on the foundation of Trump’s executive order.
The Department of Homeland Security said on Sunday it’ll comply with judicial orders to not deport voyagers that were detained.
Why those seven nations?
The Trump government pointed the finger at former President Obama. White House officials said the seven states targeted in the executive order had recently been deemed “countries of concern” for terrorism from the Obama administration. In December 2015 Obama signed into law a measure putting some limitations on particular voyagers from Iraq, Iran, Sudan or Syria. Several months after, Yemen, Somalia and Libya were added.
Trump’s order is more extensive than Obama’s, though, from going into the state for three months, prohibiting all citizens from those seven countries. Many were quick to point out that although Trump has brought up 9/11 as part of the reason for keeping individuals from specific nations outside, none of the states where the 9/11 hijackers came from — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon — was on the list.
How are companies and schools affected?
There’s scare in a few US schools and universities that possess a sizable number of foreign pupils. Faculty members and some students worry they will need to choose between families or professions. Some rushed back to the United States as the executive order loomed, so that they will have the ability to finish a diploma. Now they are left to wonder when they will really get to see their families again whenever they stay in the United States.
There is adversity for many who intended to arrive at the States also. Mahmoud Hassan, an 18-year old Syrian in Damascus, accepted an offer to attend MIT before this season, but due to the prohibition, he said his “dreams are basically ruined.”
Trump’s order sent shock waves throughout the business community, also, particularly the technology sector. Apple CEO Tim Cook denounced the executive order and guaranteed to help workers impacted because of it, including that without immigration “Apple would not exist.” Google warned workers from among the prohibited nations to delete any travel plans having a visa or green card. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg said the United States must maintain its citizens safe, but should focus on “people who actually pose a threat.”
What are the results next?
More suits against the executive order really are a near certainty. Nevertheless, the White House can also be considering requesting foreign visitors to reveal each of the websites and social networking sites they visit, in addition to sharing every one of the contacts inside their cells. That individual could be refused entrance to the United States in the event the visitor declined to share such information. Government officials are still only kicking around this notion and no one understands such a policy, if enacted, would work.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said more states could possibly be added to Trump’s order after.
One thing’s for sure: Despite the outcry, Trump is going full steam ahead along with his order. Within the weekend he explained he believed the execution of the order “was working out very nicely.” He afterwards vigorously defended his executive order, saying it wasn’t a Muslim prohibition but a move that would keep the United States safe from terrorists. The President said while there is “compassion to those fleeing oppression,” his first priority was to keep the country safe.