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Trump’s Muslim Ban: Summary & Reactions

by in World on 6th December, 2017

It was announced that the US supreme court has allowed Trump’s Muslim ban on six Muslim countries to go into full effect, despite legal challenges. The proposed ban will affect travellers from Iran, Chad, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Syria, and also applies to travellers from North Korea, and some government officials from Venezuela.

Timeline of the ‘Muslim’ ban:

  • November 2016 – Trump is elected as President of the United States. He had called and promised for a complete and total shutdown of all Muslims entering the US in his speeches while campaigning before the elections.
  • January 2017 –  Trump issues an order to ban individuals travelling from Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Syria and Libya from entering the country for 90 days. The order also halted refugee resettlement and also banned Syrian refugees indefinitely. The ban was titled “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States”. The ban was then blocked by federal courts after lots of protesting from individuals all over the world, showing solidarity with refugees and those affected by the ban.
  • March 2017 – Ban is revised, and Iraq is removed from the list of countries after Iraq agrees to cooperate with the US more, and the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees is lifted.
  • June 2017 – The revised ban is allowed to go in to effect partially. The ruling said that those who have a ‘credible claim of a bonafide relationship with a person or entity in the United States’, may be exempt from the ban. The ruling also permitted the banning of all refugees who do not have a valid bonafide relationship with someone in the Us for 120 days.
  • September 2017 – Trump signs a new travel ban. Sudan is dropped from the list and North Korea, and some individuals from Venezuela are included.
  • October 2017 – A federal judge temporarily blocks the travel ban upon request from Hawaii.
  • December 2017 – Supreme court allows Ban to go into full effect.

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However many individuals and organisations are offering support to those affected. Lawyers from the New York Immigration Coalition are one example and are offering their services to those who are concerned they may be separated from their families. CAIR (The Council on American Islamic Relations), is also on hand to provide support to those immediately impacted, such as those stuck at airports, and people are encouraged to call them immediately.

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