As rights groups level numerous lawsuits against his administration and travelers are being stranded and detained all over the world, Pres. Donald Trump said on Saturday that his new executive orders regarding Muslims and immigrants are “working out very nicely.”
Reuters reported that Muslim around the world are “furious” over the executive orders and that the U.S. immigration system has been “plunged into chaos” by the orders, which are broadly worded and are being interpreted differently by different agencies and by different divisions within those agencies.
“Immigration lawyers and advocates worked through the night trying to help stranded travelers find a way back home. Lawyers in New York sued to block the order, saying many people have already been unlawfully detained, including an Iraqi who worked for the U.S. Army in Iraq,” wrote Reuters’ Jeff Mason and Jonathan Allen.
The vagueness of the new rules led to travelers being stranded and rerouted as officials struggled to interpret and implement the new orders. Legal U.S. residents were detained at some airports who were in flight to the U.S. when the order was signed.
“Imagine being put back on a 12-hour flight and the trauma and craziness of this whole thing,” said immigration attorney Mana Yegani to Reuters. “These are people that are coming in legally. They have jobs here and they have vehicles here.”
Nonetheless, when reporters asked the new president how the new policies are being received, he said, “It’s not a Muslim ban, but we’re totally prepared. It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over. It’s working out very nicely and we’re gonna have a very, very strict ban and we’re going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years.”
Reuters said that the order places restrictions on anyone entering the U.S. from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and extends to everyone currently holding a green card who are legal, permanent U.S. residents.
Muslim leaders around the world denounced the Trump decision, including a statement from Iran that called the order an “open affront against the Muslim world and the Iranian nation.”
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