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Iraq Makes Huge Announcement Following President Trump’s Immigration Ban

Citizens of Iraq feel that President Donald Trump has turned his back on the country. In response to the president's executive orders to suspend immigration from the country for 90 days, the Iraqi parliament has recommended a ban on Americans visiting their country.

The Trump administration got a lot of heat this past weekend when the president sprang an executive order on the country that temporarily banned immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The ban was enacted, according to President Trump, so that the U.S. could review and revise vetting procedures. Millions of Americans cried out against the ban as approximately 200 people already holding visas and green cards were inconvenienced by being detained.

One of the detainees was an Iraqi translator who had been working with the U.S. military. Members of Iraqi troops and militia trained by and working with U.S. military forces feel betrayed. Some 70,000 Iraqis have worked with the U.S. over the last decade. Many were distrustful of America already, and Trump's executive actions have fanned those flames.

“Today the US administration is abandoning us,” said Ali al-Ubaidi, former military translator. “With this order of Trump we will be easy prey for the criminals. Isis and other groups are chasing us and aim to kill us, because they consider us as traitors.”

The Iraqi government has been partnered with the U.S. in fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but there has been a growing anti-U.S. sentiment in the country. The new order by Trump has been taken as a slap in the face, and the government has discussed a ban on American visas. This makes the fate of a number of people uncertain, including U.S. aid workers, contractors, journalists and people who visit family in the country.

ISIS fully supports the U.S. ban. Members of the Islamic terrorist group boasted on social media that it would use the frustration U.S. Muslims feel to turn them against the Trump administration. They're hoping to use the new president to essentially divide and conquer. Some feel Trump is playing into the terrorist group’s hands.

Parliament hasn't yet voted on banning U.S. citizens, but recommends it.

Source: The Guardian
Photo: Washington Post

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