Trump to announce travel ban, visa restrictions
President Donald Trump will issue a temporary travel ban to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries on Thursday, a day after he said the ban is necessary to prevent terrorism.
The order would take effect immediately, and it is likely to face stiff resistance in Congress.
The administration has long been pushing for a broader ban on refugees and visa holders from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, as well as those who have lived in the U,S.
for at least five years.
But the move marks the first time in the history of the U of A to impose a travel ban.
“We have the right to protect ourselves,” Trump said in a televised speech.
“There’s a reason for the travel ban.”
The travel ban would affect citizens of Iran, Iraq and Syria, and those from countries affected by the coronavirus.
It would also affect those who are refugees or have fled their homes and have not been in the country for five years or more.
The U.N. refugee agency said Friday that the ban could cause some people to lose access to healthcare and other services.
“The travel ban will have a negative impact on the health of many refugees and migrants, and will lead to a loss of employment opportunities and the disruption of their lives,” the agency said in an emailed statement.
Trump has repeatedly said the travel restrictions are necessary to keep Americans safe.
The president has said the U-turn was an “executive action” and that it was “not a political decision” and was meant to be a temporary measure.
The travel restrictions, he said, are “necessary for our security.”
The administration did not say how many people would be affected by Trump’s order.
Trump is also expected to sign an executive order on immigration and border security on Thursday.
The move comes as his administration is scrambling to shore up support among congressional Republicans in Congress for the president’s plan to crack down on sanctuary cities, a controversial designation that bars local officials from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
Trump and congressional Republicans are also weighing whether to include a provision in a bill that would prevent the Justice Department from prosecuting undocumented immigrants who have been charged with crimes.
The measure is backed by some Republicans, but not enough to pass.
“This is going to be tough,” Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, said of the measure.
“I think they’re going to make a determination over the next few days.”
The White House has said that the measure will allow the administration to begin removing more than 4 million people who have committed crimes.
On Friday, Trump said the executive order would protect the country from a new wave of terrorism, which could include an attack by Islamic State militants in the United States.
“It’s going to protect us from ISIS and ISIL,” Trump told reporters.
“And it’s going get us back to the people and places we were.”
The order has caused alarm among civil liberties groups, who say it is unnecessary and would violate constitutional protections for Americans.
Trump on Friday also directed the Department of Homeland Security to draft a plan to expand border security measures and reduce the flow of illegal immigrants into the country.
The White Houses office of homeland security has said it is working on a plan.