Many protests at the San Francisco International Airport following the new executive order by President Donald Trump.
Many protests at the San Francisco International Airport following the new executive order by President Donald Trump. (Photo source: Middle East Eye)

President Donald Trump’s executive order to prevent refuges and travelers from several Muslim majority countries (including Iraq, Iran, Syria and Libya) to enter the US has led to a major crisis. Travelers got stranded in different parts of the world since the order was issued with thousands protesting the new refugee policy in the United States. Members from the President’s own party have expressed their anxiety as well, sending a clear signal that there is growing concern about Mr. Trump’s foreign and immigration policies. The order was not received well by many international leaders as they believe this to be contradictory to the American values and principles.

However, the White House later issued a statement confirming that the ban will not be applicable to the green card holders. The Department of Homeland Security issued the formal order that confirms legal residents to be exempted from the executive order signed by the President.

However, according to officials, travelers were not being held in the US airports though some sources claimed that dozes were being detained. According to the White House correspondence, only 109 travelers faced detention in the United States during the first 24 hours out of 325,000 people who entered the country. Till Sunday, as many as 392 individuals with green cards were allowed to enter excluding many visitors who are trapped outside the United States.

Many political leaders believe that the policy is likely to make international security even more difficult to deal with for the US as the executive order may send a message abroad that America does not wish Muslims to come to the country. This can be used by terrorist groups to recruit more people, something that will have serious security concerns in the long term.

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