In spite of the court ruling and mass protests, the Trump administration remains firm over its ban on refugees from seven Muslim-dominated countries.
Donald Trump said via a statement that visas will only be issued after putting in place secure policies. He also brushed aside allegations that his new policies are a Muslim ban.
Trump said via a tweet that “This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe.” He reassured that visas would soon be issued to all countries after reviewing and implementing “the most secure policies over the next 90 days.”
The order has been condemned from various quarters.
It has also been declared unconstitutional by sixteen state attorneys. Some visa holders have been temporarily saved by federal judges from deportation.
The key issues in the orders signed on Friday include halting of US refugee programmes for the next 120 days, suspension of refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations and indefinite ban of Syrian refugees, reports BBC News.
Immediately after the order, those who were mid-flight were arrested upon arrival, not caring whether they held valid US visas and any other immigration permit. There is no specific data on the number turned away at airports as they attempted to board flights to the US.
Lawyers and many others gathered in airports to offer services to the affected.
In addition, demonstrators accumulated outside White House and Trump Tower in New York.
Who is targeted by the ban?
Apart from the refugees, travelers with citizenship or dual citizenship of Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Iraq are not permitted to get into the US.
This includes those who share dual nationality with allied countries, including the UK, although Canada has been told its dual nationals are not affected.
However, confusion still reigns.
Through a public statement, the UK foreign office explained that only nationals from the blacklisted nations would undergo extra checks. Those travelling between the US and UK will not be affected.
However, one Scottish veterinary student – who travels on an Iranian passport – was unable to fly home from her holiday in Costa Rica because she was told her transit visa for the US was no longer valid.
Reince Priebus, White House Chief of Staff, also stated that Green Card holders remain unaffected despite reports that some have been detained since the order’s signing.