Trump issues executive order on immigration

President Donald Trump released another executive order on Friday, adding to his extensive list of actions during his first week of office, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”

Protests have broken out across the nation as concern erupts from the new action from the president.

The White House website outlines what the executive order means. The outline says, the order intends to “protect the American people from the terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States.”

The executive order also details the purpose of the action made by the president would serve to identify certain individuals “with terrorist ties” and prevent them from entering into the U.S.

Trump also writes in his executive order this particular action will consist of the “suspension of issuance of Visas and other Immigration Benefits to Nationals of Countries of Particular Concern.”

According to the executive order, this suspension will allow the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence time to review the information for those trying to enter to make sure that person is not a threat to the United States.

With the suspension in place, Trump said no immigrants or nonimmigrants may enter the United States for 90 days, with such inclusions as people traveling with certain visas mentioned in the order.

According to the action that can be viewed on the White House website, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security have the ability to issue such visas and benefits if they see fit in certain circumstances.

The executive order also states there will be alteration to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program which will be suspended for 120 days. 

Trump also states the suspension of USRAP will allow time to ensure the admission process will allow people who “do not pose a threat the security and welfare of the United States.”

The executive order outlines how the Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security have the ability to make changes and take them to the president for review in certain cases, “to prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution.”

Trump took to his personal Facebook page to address the executive order.

“This is not about religion-—this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim,” Trump said in part of his statement on Facebook.

This executive order has caused concern around the nation. Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert also released a statement regarding the action made by the president.

“Marshall University currently has more than 550 international students from 56 countries. These students are valued and welcomed members of the Marshall family,” Gilbert said in part of his statement.

Senator Joe Manchin released a statement Monday night addressing the president’s actions. Manchin in the past has supported extreme vetting due to his background in Intellegence and the Armed Services. 

“This is why I supported extreme vetting in the past for anyone seeking to come to our country,” Manchin said. “Unfortunately, after taking time to review the new executive order and discuss its impacts, I believe the scope and execution of the President’s action are not a common sense approach … I stand ready to work with Democrats and Republicans who share my concerns.”

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