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Trump visa ban also applies to citizens with dual nationality: State Department

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Theresa Hayes | 29 January, 2017, 16:32

The 30-day ban, attributed to "protecting the nation from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals", would apply to most citizens of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, as well as non-Americans who've traveled to those countries at any point since March of 2011.

Five Iraqi passengers and one Yemeni were prevented from boarding an EgyptAir flight from Cairo to NY on Saturday after nationals from seven named countries and all refugees were barred from entering the United States when President Donald Trump's curbs on Muslim arrivals came into force on Friday. "This is a stupid, awful decision which will hurt the American people more than us or anybody else, because it shows that this president can't manage people, politics or global relationships", Haidari added.

On top of that, nearly 500,000 people from the seven countries have received green cards in the past decade, allowing them to live and work in the United States indefinitely. "We don't want them here", Trump said this afternoon, describing the intention of the executive order.

The ban on Syrian citizens is indefinite while the ban for citizens of the other six countries is now set for 120 days.

"The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater and the USA resettlement programme is one of the most important in the world", the two Geneva-based agencies said in a joint statement. A 34-year-old Sudanese man who won the U.S. Green Card lottery said he was anxious he would be forbidden entry.

"If travellers to the United States don't have the proper documentation, we are not going to take them to the U.S.".

"I think her being careful is a good thing", he said, speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

"It's not a Muslim ban, but we were totally prepared". This ban will ruin our lives.

There has been no update to advice from the government on foreign travel to the USA as yet. Others feared for the safety of their families. The order says the 90-day ban is meant to allow the US and the seven targeted countries to discuss what information would need to be shared in order to start granting visas once again. The airline said that potential passengers who do not have diplomatic passports from the seven countries will not be given tickets to the United States.

The US President will hold a phone call with HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, later today, the White House said in a brief statement. "I have work in Sudan and have no desire to emigrate to the USA, just to study there".

"We're going to have extreme vetting in all cases. All we are asking for is security and freedom". Mirna, an American and a mother of two living in Syria, said it was clear Trump "doesn't want to receive Syrian Muslims. we have to expect the worst from him because he is a insane man".