For the past two weeks, President Donald Trump has signed a flurry of executive orders with virtually no involvement from his Cabinet, Congress or federal agencies. Former ambassador and White House official Stuart Eizenstat says Trump's breakneck pace could backfire.
The US government has in the past excluded immigrants on the basis of nationality, religion, political beliefs and in the name or national security. Immigration historians annotated the executive order President Trump signed on Friday.
A Boston judge granted a limited reprieve to refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries who already have documents to enter the US. That gives immigrants in the US a week to prepare for potential family separations, legal issues and, perhaps, being unable to travel.
The executive order that President Donald Trump signed on Friday directed federal agents to deport refugees and anyone arriving from seven majority-Muslim countries, leaving in limbo people in transit when he signed the order. On Saturday, a judge issued an emergency injunction blocking the order.
The White House’s immigration policy targets people in the criminal justice system — whether or not they are convicted of crimes — and will likely most affect refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. Many of the members of African Communities Together are part of all of those groups.
President Trump's plans for a wall between Mexico and the United States and a travel ban against citizens from six Muslim-majority countries may not be the best way to fix the country's immigration laws. Immigration law professor David Martin, who helped shape immigration policy under the Clinton and Obama administrations, thinks Trump proposals are not the solution.
The ruling means a nationwide freeze on enforcement of section two of the order, banning entry by nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. It also halts section six, which would have suspended the US refugee admissions program for 120 days.
The US launched its first direct strike on the Syrian regime Friday morning local time after a suspected Damascus-ordered chemical attack killed at least 70 people Tuesday in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. The attack inspired US President Donald Trump to bomb a Syrian airfield. But will it change his thinking about Syrian refugees?