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President Trump's executive order on immigration the talk of the nation

One of the most discussed issues in the news this week was President Trump's executive order on immigration. The order was based on the President's authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act and other federal laws to suspend or restrict the entry of non-citizens into the United States when allowing entry would be detrimental to national interests.

The order temporarily suspends, for 90 days, the issuance of visas and immigration benefits to immigrants from seven countries for which there is deemed to be a particular concern with terrorism. Those countries were pulled from a list created last year by the Obama administration aimed at restricting its visa waiver program. The order also suspends admissions under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, and the Syrian refugee program is suspended indefinitely. 

The stated aim of these measures is to give the new administration time to evaluate the procedures currently in use for screening immigrants for admission. The concern is for immigrants who enter with the intent to do harm or who are at high risk of causing harm after being admitted. The order calls for the creation of uniform screening standards and procedures to vet immigrants.

The executive also indicates that once the immigration program resumes, the administration intends to prioritize refugee claims made "on the basis of religious-based persecution." Individuals whose religion is a minority in their country of nationality are, according to the order, to receive priority for admission, "to the extent permitted by law."

Shortly after the order began, as readers know, protests broke out and the order was condemned. In our next post, we'll look at some of the legal challenges that may soon be coming against the order and the possible implications for immigrants

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