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What this ‘Muslim Ban’ by Donald Trump is all about.

An official statement from the president is known as an executive order in which government agencies are told how to use their resources. In the case of Mr. Trump’s “Muslim ban”, the order bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for a period of 90 days. This also means that the refugee system which America was supporting comes to a halt for some 120 days. Mr. Trump says his “extreme vetting” system will help “keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the US”.

The command in itself doesn’t name the nations whose passport holders are prohibited from entering the US. Instead, it refers to a written law passed by a legislative body which applies to seven Muslim-majority nations. They are Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq, with dual nationals included in the ban.

However, some visa divisions such as those for diplomats are not included in the ban. Reports also say that green card holders, who are actually legal US residents, are being ignored from US-bound flights.

John Kelly, the US homeland security secretary, said that the green card holders of the seven countries included in the ban would not be blocked from returning to the United States from overseas, as some had been following the directive.

To a surprise, the ban is not imposed on countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt.

Imran Khan’s Comments on the ban

PTI chairman Imran Khan, while addressing a rally In Sahiwal, Pakistan said, “It is being heard that Pakistanis may face US visa restriction. I pray that Trump also stops visas for Pakistanis as I believe that it will help us develop our own country.”

Sadiq Khan’s (Mayor of London) Comments

The Mayor of London has described Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries as “shameful and cruel”. He said relating to the police that it “flies in the face of the values of freedom and tolerance”.

Trump’s idea behind the ban was to “keep radical Islamic terrorists out.”

Several protests have took place following this order by the 45th president of the United States who has been in charge of the office from a few days.

Justin Trudeau’s Tweet

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 How does it affect refugees?

The ban totally suspends the United States’ Syrian refugee campaign, which accepted 12,486 Syrians in 2016.  It also gives light to accepting Christian refugees from the Middle East over Muslim refugees.  And it reduces the total number of refugees allowed to enter the US in 2017 from 110,000 to just 50,000.

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