Saturday, January 28, 2017

Temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya

The Hill reports,
Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) office said Saturday that President Trump's executive order limiting immigration from several Muslim-majority countries does not target Muslims.

“This is not a religious test and it is not a ban on people of any religion,” AshLee Strong told The Washington Post.

Several congressional aides also told the newspaper that the new immigration directive does not seek to single out a preference for Christians, with restrictions mainly focusing on areas with terrorism.

During an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network on Friday, however, Trump signaled that he may be favoring persecuted Christians in the Middle East for a refugee status.

When asked if he plans on prioritizing Christian minority groups who have been victims of armed conflict in the region, Trump responded "yes."

The executive order signed on Friday prohibits foreign nationals from seven predominantly Muslims countries – Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya – from entering the U.S.
The immigration restriction is expected to stay in place for a minimum of 90 days.
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