Sunday, January 29, 2017


The order itself does not name the countries whose citizens are banned from entering the US. Instead, it refers to a statute which applies to seven Muslim-majority nations. They are Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq, with dual nationals included in the ban.

Certain visa categories, such as those for diplomats, are exempt. There have also been reports of legal US residents, known as green card holders, being turned away from US-bound flights.
Green cards are not mentioned explicitly in the executive order. Oddly, the ban does not apply to the nationalities of those who carried out the 9/11 attacks, such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

How does it affect refugees?

The ban completely suspends the United States' Syrian refugee programme, which accepted 12,486 Syrians in 2016.  It also gives preference to accepting Christian refugees from the Middle East over Muslim refugees.  And it reduces the cap on the total number of refugees allowed to enter the US in 2017 from 110,000 to just 50,000.
Is the executive order legally binding?  Executive orders are legally binding and are recorded in the Federal Register,  a daily record of all federal regulations, proposals, and public notices. But they can be subjected to a legal review - and, according to the New York Times, the "Muslim ban" order is illegal.
According to the newspaper, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 banned all discrimination against immigrants on the basis of national origin.
Sadiq Kahn: Trump's immigration ban is 'cruel and shameful' Watch | Sadiq Kahn: Trump's immigration ban is 'cruel and shameful' 00:52
Mr Trump's travel ban, it says, appears to be violation of that act.  

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I was so happy that celebrities, specifically those of this generation are not sitting quietly during this time. Rihanna, who has come to the U.S. from Barbados didn't waste time letting her thoughts be heard. The global superstar also didn't just talk the talk but made sure to let her voice be heard by marching last week in NYC. And she didn't mince words concerning this latest signed executive order stating:

Chris Brown also weighed in on what's been happening in the country as well. 

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Chris Brown and Rihanna have platforms that keep even main stream media talking. We know every media outlet that reports on them, can't write an article without bringing up '09, and in that one thing, which seem to haunt them forever, actually is what raised the platform. Their voices get the attention of millions. So I'm glad they are not afraid to speak on these important issues.

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