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.
- What we know so far
- What it’s like in the 7 impacted countries
- How the countries were chosen
- What the ban says: The full text
- What to know about the restrictions
- Is the ban legal?
- These are the people directly impacted
- The ban’s Christian focus
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- All of Trump’s executive orders, memos and proclamations
- Comparing Trump to previous presidents
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.”