Lebanon has the highest concentration of Syrian refugees per capita in the world. Just a few days after Donald Trump’s executive order, Lebanese President Michel Aoun renewed calls for Syrians to be repatriated.
Like America, France has been hyperfocused on domestic terrorism after several attacks, including Friday's machete incident in Paris. And like the US government, rights groups say, French authorities have clamped down on liberties in the name of public safety.
Throngs of protesters turned out at airports over the weekend to criticize President Donald Trump's Friday executive order suspending entry of all refugees to the US and blocking entry for citizens of seven specific countries.
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.
If the rollout of Friday’s order seemed hasty or disorganized to outsiders, a US government official who spoke to us also perceives a rather chaotic process unfolding — and seems uncertain what will come next.
We know that legal permanent residents can be deported for all types of crimes, big and small. Is it the president's intention to put resources into deporting immigrants who are here with valid documents?
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