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'It's not a Muslim ban': Trump defends controversial executive order on refugees

Prime Minister Theresa May with UK's ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch after arriving in Philadelphia ahead of her meeting with Donald Trump on Friday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Theresa May arrives in Philadelphia ahead of her meeting with Donald Trump
Theresa Hayes | 29 January, 2017, 06:58

The order also stops the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely, and bars entry into the United States for 90 days from seven predominantly Muslim countries linked to concerns about terrorism. Another order will block visas from being issued to Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, executive-order-could-block-legal-residents-from-returning-to-america?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=sprout&utm_content=1485565886">said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.

Mr Trump has closed U.S. borders to all refugees for the next four months and has put a temporary ban in place for people travelling from half a dozen countries - even if they've been issued visas in the past.

He claims that the order is created to "prohibit radical terrorists from entering the country" - however, it will temporarily ban any refugee from entering the United States.

US President Donald Trump said persecuted Christians will be given priority over other refugees seeking to enter the US, saying they have been "horribly treated".

"To deny refugees the ability to seek sanctuary in the United States is to deny our very history", said Booker (D-N.J.), a new member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The statement voiced the hope that the United States would "continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution", saying that the "longstanding USA policy of welcoming refugees has created a win-win situation" by saving people who then "enriched. their new societies".

"I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry", Trump declared in Friday's executive order.

"It's not a Muslim ban, but we are totally prepared", Trump said.

Trump has ordered "extreme vetting" of people entering the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Trump's orders were condemned by many civil liberties and counter-terror experts who said that the measures were inhumane as the victims of the conflict are being lumped together along with the extremists who threaten them.

The second... banning refugees from entering the country.

Refugees traveling into the USA on Friday night were being detained at airports.

However, those plans had to be scrapped after Trump signed an executive order limiting refugee immigration.

"It's not a Muslim ban", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as he signed several executive orders.

"Whoever comes as refugees - the first two or three years we have to look after them, but after that they are a huge help", she said.