Donald Trump’s travel ban fundamentally changes American history

Donald Trump's travel ban fundamentally changes American history

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations marks an early defining moment for his presidency and an inflection point in America’s posture toward Islam and the outside world that could resonate in history.

The move, which also temporarily bars refugees from entering the US, ushers in the first clash between Trump’s populist and proudly politically incorrect leadership style and what his critics see as bedrock values that define the nation.
It also represents a pronounced shift in US counter-terrorism tactics and a sharp turn in the debate underpinning national security policy since the 9/11 attacks — how to best keep Americans safe and battle extremism at home and abroad without alienating Muslims in a way that could foster more radicalism.

    Meanwhile, legal challenges to Trump’s moves herald the start of a constitutional showdown between the president’s vision of an expansive activist presidency and the checks and balances built into the American political system meant to curb executive power. Legal stays issued by several judges against the measures are likely to be the first actions in a long, complicated legal challenge to the moves that seem almost inevitable to wind up at the Supreme Court.
      Trump on Sunday rejected the storm of criticism whipped up by his immigration measures, issuing a statement that came amid rising criticism of his move by high profile Republicans.
      “We will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and voters,” the statement said, adding, “This not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.”
      Donald Trump's travel ban fundamentally changes American history

      Donald Trump's travel ban fundamentally changes American history

      Donald Trump's travel ban fundamentally changes American history

      Donald Trump's travel ban fundamentally changes American history

      Donald Trump's travel ban fundamentally changes American history

      Donald Trump's travel ban fundamentally changes American history

      Donald Trump's travel ban fundamentally changes American history

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      In practical terms, the sudden change to US policy on immigrants and refugees also provoked chaos and confusion, with airport staff uncertain about what the orders meant, and some travelers detained or refused entry to the US.
      It is not clear that relevant departments of government were consulted or informed about the implications of the order or if senior administration appointees had any input into the decision. That scenario casts light on the way the White House is already imposing its power on the rest of the administration.
      The result on Saturday was administrative chaos and a sense of uncertainty about what Trump’s executive orders mean or how they will be implemented that is becoming a trend for the young administration.
      “This was an extreme vetting program that wasn’t properly vetted,” Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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