Immigration Ban

By Lindsey Diamond

President Trump ordered an immigration ban, which bars seven countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen are the seven countries affected by this ban. Therefore, this ban affects people who would normally enter and re-enter the United States from their home country. From 1995 to 2015, 3.6% of current residents of the U.S. were from those affected countries. The ban also affects newcomers arriving on immigrant visas. Visas issue immigrants temporary legal residency when arriving in the United States. The immigrants are issued a green card after arrival, establishing them permanent residency. Refugees are mostly affected within this ban, because their ban is set to 120 days, instead of 90 days. The order allows exceptions for refugees in minority religious groups, such as Christianity.

Some exemptions exist in the Immigration Ban. If the green-card holders do not reside in those seven countries and choose to travel from the U.S. to any other country, they are permitted to. The only contingency is they need to be assessed before readmittance, to elevate security. Also, immigrants who had worked for the U.S. as translators or interpreters for the military are given special immigrant visas, so they are permitted in the U.S. as well. Diplomatic and government visas also act as an exemption to the ban, letting diplomats to travel between the U.S. and the banned countries.

The ban overall keeps more than 218 million people from entering the United States, and the ban denies all entry to any refugees. Many Americans oppose the immigration ban, causing protests throughout at least eight major U.S. airports. Instead of an act of protection, people suspect this is more a hostile action towards primarily muslim populated countries.

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