Order exempts nations where Trump has business ventures; protests erupt at airports nationwide
By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine
Photo: A large crowd at JFK airport in New York is protesting the crackdown on refugees and immigrants tonight, where cab drivers have threatened to shut down airport traffic for an hour. A smaller group of protestors has gathered at San Diego's Lindbergh Field airport, CBS reports.
January 28, 2017 (San Diego)—An executive ordered signed Friday by President Donald Trump suspends admission of refugees from seven predominantly Muslim nations for at least 120 days pending “extreme vetting.” Those nations are Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen, CNN reports.
Despite banning refugees from Syria, Trump backed off his campaign pledge to establish a safe zone inside war-torn Syria for persecuted people.
The order also puts a half million legal residents of the U.S. who are traveling overseas in limbo, unable to return home, and slashes in half the number of refugees the U.S. will admit this year from all countries.