The Trump administration has issued an executive order to lift a ban on citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States, clearing the way for travelers to return to the United Kingdom.
It comes as the United Nations and international humanitarian groups warned that thousands of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from the countries are fleeing to Europe.
The move came on Monday in a sweeping order that has already led to protests in at least 10 cities across the country, including Chicago and New York.
“The executive order provides for a limited suspension of entry into the United the United states. “
We are suspending entry to the countries from which the travel ban was imposed. “
The executive order provides for a limited suspension of entry into the United the United states.
We are suspending entry to the countries from which the travel ban was imposed.
As the order was issued, protests broke out across the United State, including in Chicago. “
As President Trump has repeatedly said, this order is about security, and not about religion,” the president added.
As the order was issued, protests broke out across the United State, including in Chicago.
A group of demonstrators in Chicago chanted: “Not a single American should be denied entry into this country because of their faith.
We want our country back!”
Others carried placards reading: “No one will be punished for standing up for our right to live.”
Trump had promised to do away with the travel bans on Muslims, Christians and other religious minorities, and had said that the travel restrictions were a form of religious persecution.
During his presidential campaign, Trump also vowed to revoke the visa waiver program for Christians in the United and the program for Jews in the European Union.
Trump signed an executive action in September to allow Christians from Iran and Syria to enter the United.
The State Department said Monday that Iranians and Syrians who were admitted to the country before Jan. 6, 2021, will be allowed to return.
In the wake of the travel order, a group of about 100 people, including some activists, staged a protest outside the State Department.