Just one week following his inauguration, Trump has not given up on his campaign promises and has just signed another executive order. However, this time it is against the refugee threat on the US. In the harsh executive order, Trump imposed a series of restrictions aimed at preventing Muslim entry into the country.







Trump upon signing

Trump upon signing Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

After his first week as president in which he signed numerous controversial executive orders, US President Donald Trump signed this morning (Saturday) an additional executive order that temporarily bans more than 134 million people from entering the US. White House officials estimate that this is just the first step towards extensive border restrictions as part of Trump’s campaign against refugees.

As reported yesterday by JOL, Trump’s executive order prevents citizens of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the US for at least four months. It is still unclear at this point how many additional countries will be added to the list. However, a government official stated that the policy will be aggressive towards the selected states.

Trump has now officially stopped the absorption process for a four-month period for refugees seeking asylum in the US. During this period, the US Defense Department will reevaluate the country’s refugee vetting process. The process is already considered particularly tough and, generally, refugees must wait at least two years before receiving the coveted US immigration permit. Yet Trump claims that terrorists are able to take advantage of the program and, therefore, the program must be reevaluated.

Furthermore, Trump cut the 2017 refugee quota by more than half. Rather than Obama’s 110,000 refugees, only 50,000 refugees will be permitted to enter the US under the Trump administration. Trump also declared in the executive order that preference should be given based on religion for refugee entry into the US. The executive order states that priority will be given to refugees who are considered a minority within their home countries.