Refugees Receive Good News From Donald Trump

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that temporarily banned immigrants from seven countries identified by the Obama administration as terrorist havens. The ban was to put a hold on all immigration from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days while vetting procedures were reviewed and improved. As of yesterday, the Trump administration has granted waivers that allowed 872 refugees into the country.

President Trump's rushed action caused a great deal of chaos when immigrants were held up abroad or at the airports just hours after the plan was implemented. Immigration authorities said the action did not clearly communicate a new process and they had a rough transition. Many of those detained or shut out were visa- and green card-holding immigrants traveling abroad. Others were refugees who had already been vetted and were prepared to travel, or were in the process of traveling, to America.

The orders were designed to be sprung as a surprise; a time frame might have spurred mass immigration by people seeking to beat the clock. But this left some 700 (and counting) immigrants arriving or en route to America were pulled off planes, questioned, detained at airports or held at borders after agencies received the president’s orders.

On Saturday night, a judge overturned parts of the executive order temporarily, allowing many immigrants who had been living, studying, working or raising families in America to reenter and resume their lives. Now, Reuters reported a document from State Department and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that confirms waivers have been issued to refugees preparing to be resettled.

The waivers were issued in response to the outcry, both in America and abroad, over the president's rushed and unexpected actions. Additional waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Even with the waivers, Republicans and the Trump administration are not entirely backing off on the goal to tighten immigration policies. Democrats in Congress are trying to have the order rescinded or overturned under the belief that it's unconstitutional and not in line with American values.

Source: MailOnline
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