Court stops Trump’s travel ban order
A judicial order stayed the deportation of people who arrived in the United States from seven Muslim majority countries. Earlier the president has barred their entry through an executive order.The judicial order does not deal with the merits of the executive order that could be deemed unconstitutional as it effectively sanctions religious discrimination.
The American civil liberty union that challenged the presidential decision in the court on behalf of two travelers from Iraq who were detained at the JKF airport remarked that the court has stood against unconstitutional policies and orders. The order extends to all of America and provides relief to people in similar situations.
As the world watched in dismay the extreme though not unexpected move, in which travelers including holders of permanent residency permits (popularly called as green cards) were detained at airports. Protests erupted across America against the order.
Earlier Mr. Trump tweeted, “Our country needed strong borders and extreme vetting. Look what is happening all over Europe”.
The Presidential order:
United States president signed an executive order making major changes in the country’s policy towards refugees and immigration. The order directs:
- To stop issuing visas to Syrian nationals until enough security changes have been made to ensure that the terrorist can’t exploit existing weaknesses in the system.
- A four-month suspension of the broader refugee programme, to review the existing programme.
- The suspension to refugee programme exempting people claiming refugee status due to religious persecution. This could apply to Christians from Muslim majority areas.
- A three-month ban on all immigration from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, all Muslim majority states.
Selective inclusion of nations in the list:
The seven countries that have been selected have never been linked to any terrorist activity in the United States, while countries such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt that have been linked to terrorist activity have been excluded from the list. This brings back into focus the issue of conflict of interest. Several commentators have linked this to the president’s business links in these nations.
Barring travel from selective countries appears to be an attempt to fulfill a campaign promise to ban Muslims from coming to the U.S.A., unless assurances are made that visitors will be properly vetted.