Carrying out more of his campaign promises, President Donald Trump on Friday put a temporary stop to the nation’s refugee program and banned for three months the admission of all persons from seven Muslim-majority countries on the grounds of a fear of terrorism.
“We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas,” said Trump in remarks made at the Pentagon. “We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.”
The pause in the refugee program created by executive action would cover four months and the ban on those from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen would be for 90 days. A legal challenge to the latter was promised by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, claiming it was based on “bigotry, not reality.”
Also on Friday, the president met with British Prime Minister Theresa May and spoke on the telephone with Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto.
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