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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

BAGHDAD/CAIRO (Reuters) – A global backlash against U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration curbs gathered pace on Sunday as several countries, including long-standing American allies, criticized the measures as discriminatory and divisive.

Governments from London and Berlin to Jakarta and Tehran spoke out against Trump’s order to put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily ban travelers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries, which he said would help protect Americans from terrorism.

In Germany, which has taken in large numbers of people fleeing the Syrian civil war, Chancellor Angela Merkel said the global fight against terrorism was no excuse for the measures and “does not justify putting people of a specific background or faith under general suspicion,” her spokesman said.

She expressed her concerns to Trump during a phone call and reminded him that the Geneva Conventions require the international community to take in war refugees on humanitarian grounds, the spokesman added.

Merkel’s sentiments were echoed in Paris and London. “Terrorism knows no nationality. Discrimination is no response,” said French Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, while his British counterpart Boris Johnson tweeted: “Divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality.”

Along with Syria, the U.S. ban affects travellers with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Trump said his order, which indefinitely bans refugees from Syria, was “not a Muslim ban,” though he added he would seek to prioritize Christian refugees fleeing the war-torn country.

Washington’s Arab allies, including the Gulf states and Egypt, were mostly silent.

The government in Iraq, which is allied with Washington in the battle against ultra-hardline Islamist group Islamic State and hosts over 5,000 U.S. troops, also did not comment on the executive order.

But some members of the parliament said Iraq should retaliate with similar measures against the United States.

In Baghdad, influential Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said American nationals should leave Iraq, in retaliation for the travel curbs.

“It would be arrogance for you to enter freely Iraq and other countries while barring to them the entrance to your country … and therefore you should get your nationals out,” he said on his website.

There was no immediate reaction to the curbs from Islamic State, although in the past it has used U.S. monitoring of Muslim foreigners to stoke Muslim anger against Washington.

IRAN VOWS TO RESPOND

Trump’s executive order on Friday took effect immediately, wreaking havoc and confusion for would-be travelers with passports from the seven countries and plunging America’s immigration system into chaos. U.S. civil rights and faith groups, activists, and Democratic politicians vowed to fight the order.

The Tehran government vowed to respond in kind to the U.S. ban on visitors from Iran, but on Sunday Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter that Americans who already hold Iranian visas can enter the country.

“Unlike the U.S., our decision is not retroactive. All with valid Iranian visa will be gladly welcomed,” Zarif said.

Trump, a businessman who successfully tapped into American fears about militant attacks during his campaign, had promised what he called “extreme vetting” of immigrants and refugees from areas the White House said the U.S. Congress deemed high risk.

He said on Saturday of his order: “It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over.”

The travel curbs, however, also drew criticism from several other countries around the globe.

In Jakarta, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the Muslim-majority nation deeply regretted Trump’s plans for “extreme vetting” of people from some Muslim countries.

The Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian governments all registered their opposition, with Danish foreign minister Anders Samuelsen tweeting: “The U.S. decision not to allow entry of people from certain countries is NOT fair.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country welcomed those fleeing war and persecution, even as Canadian airlines said they would turn back U.S.-bound passengers to comply with an immigration ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada,” he tweeted.

(Writing by William Maclean; Editing by Pravin Char)

IMAGE: Protesters hold signs in opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration and travel outside Terminal 4 at JFK airport in Queens, New York City, New York, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Penney

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21 responses to “Global Backlash Grows Against Trump’s Immigration Order”

  1. Now is the time for nations around the world to change their perceptions of their responsibilities towards each other and hasten “The Lesser Peace” in order to advance to a higher level of interaction and cooperation. One way, as I see it, is for each nation through proper channels, and with unanimity, to send a loud message to this clown prince of “Idiocy, Meanness, and the Macabre” and to the GOP, that enough is enough. Appropriate diplomatic and economic measures must be brought to bear on the US—if I’m inconvenienced then I’ll get over it, as I’m sure all other enlightened people in the US will.

    A loud and formal and informal rebuke of Congress and this Administration must be voiced to clearly show that colonialism went out of style back in the 19th century. A strongly-worded rebuke personally against this authoritarian emperor masquerading as a President must be voiced that Donald in his current dysfunctional personality configuration is no longer a proper fit in the Age of Maturity—a maturity that is required to express itself as called for by Baha’u’llah as of Apr. 21, 1863, the date of His formal announcement to the Kings & Rulers, Clergy, and to the peoples of the world, from the Garden of Ridvan in Baghdad, Iraq.

    These are just my lowly opinions of recommendations to refute Donald’s actions.

  2. iamproteus says:

    Trump (I refuse to refer to that clown as my President!) and his cohorts are going all in to destroy the America that I grew up in. It doesn’t take a prescient to see that. He has been in office for only eight days and he already has the entire world lining up against us. Well, except for Russia….maybe.
    His response? “It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over.” He is PROUD of what he’s doing to us!! WTF?!

    • dpaano says:

      I’m just going to start calling him “45,” rather than say his name. He nauseates me to NO end!! And, as I said above, he apparently has NO idea what’s going on in airports around the country and the world! You DO realize that he only watches FAUX News and reads the National Enquirer, both of which would say ANYTHING to make Trump look good (which is why these are his only sources of news)!

  3. Budjob says:

    Trump and his “associates’,Are nothing more,than Facist/Nazi PIGS!!

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    • johninPCFL says:

      I believe the proper spelling is “asshats”.

  4. FireBaron says:

    It would be extremely interesting should the Iraqi Parliament pass a bill requiring all US Troops to vacate the country in retaliation for this measure. That means if Teflon Donnie wants to send troops back in, it would require an Act of Congress authorizing the invasion of a “friendly” country. Somehow I don’t think he can win that one.
    Another thing Teflon Donnie is going to have to consider – many of the US Athletes may now be barred from traveling to other countries for competitions!

    • dpaano says:

      Personally, I don’t think he actually gives a damned about anything except making himself look wonderful to his uninformed, idiot followers! You know, the ones that have NO idea how this government actually works!

  5. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Would that I had never had the experience of working so closely with 4 CEOs in my career. This isn’t about immigrants. Remember? Putzy and Donny Boy were on the phone yesterday. Donnie Boy is about to take control of U.S. Computer systems.

    As a typical lying, double talking skank, he tweeted yesterday that he and Putin discussed “how to stop cyber attacks.” Translation, “Take over U.S. computer systems so no one has the freedom to dissent.”

    Already the Russian intel who exposed the dossier was found dead last week. This is pure Putin strategy and Trump is adhering to Putin’s advice. That makes Trump guilty of treason.

    Two US federal courts have stated that his immigration BS is unconstitutional. He is overriding these federal court judges. After all, he is now KING of the US isn’t he? He might as well be. We now have taxation without representation in the form of Trump who makes decisions autonomously. He is even leaving the GOP out of the loop on these decisions. Most of his executive orders will be thrown out of court because they are in violation of the U.S. Constitution. But that won’t matter to him.

    In typical money grubbing profiteering, the reason Trump omitted countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yeman and Pakistan from whence ALL of the 9/11 Terrorists came, is because he holds business interests in those countries. And let’s be honest here. If he is pulling this stunt against the other Middle Eastern countries, it isn’t for any reason other than to make sure those countries do not interfere with his Big Oil profits that he plans to use to pay Putin back.

  6. pisces63 says:

    I have a problem with this not being against Islam. Am I missing something? Are the countries on the prohibited list actually Christian? WOW!! You learn something every day. THAT’s why they returned the two Christian families to Syria, first. Next will be Crystal Night. They want a registry. Want countries to go through cell phones, computers for lists of families, etc. A young intern at Cleveland clinic was prevented from entering. She has been with them 6 months. the president/CEO is up in arms. Sad. What is worse, the republican part, for the most part is silent and that is what leads to our right trampled upon when our leaders go along to keep a base not worth dog ****!!

    • dpaano says:

      Yes, Congress is being silent, but I think they’ve realized that this president isn’t going to be working WITH THEM, but for himself! Hopefully, more and more Republican senators will see the light as has McCain and a couple of others! Remember, it only takes 3 Republicans to abandon the party and move to vote with the Democrats! That’s not many, especially since we already have 2 getting in line!

  7. dpaano says:

    First of all, does this jackass realize that this is against the Constitution….you know, the one that we live by here in the United States? Secondly, I’m sure that ISIS is cheering and having a party…..now they have even MORE ammunition to radicalize American Muslim men! I expect to see more terrorist acts occurring in the U.S. by these people, and I hope that they realize that it’s NOT the American people who are doing this….it’s the idiot president and his equally idiot advisor, Bannon! Bannon’s main goal is to totally disrupt the entire government organization! He’s said it many times, and he’s doing a wonderful job so far.
    Finally, HOW does Trump seem to think that this is going smoothly? Does he NOT see the news (other than FAUX News) about the protests and many airports in the U.S. and abroad? I can’t believe he’s that naïve that he doesn’t see what’s going on. Even Congress is having a hissy fit…..they thought they would finally have a president that would WORK WITH THEM to get things done, but instead, he’s working on his own without even consulting them! They are in for a bumpy road, and I hope that Trump’s actions will lead them to the truth….that this idiot is going to take this country down!

  8. johninPCFL says:

    Ahhh…the Geneva Conventions. Yet another “badly negotiated treaty” from which we can withdraw.

  9. latebloomingrandma says:

    The military has an apt acronym to describe 45’s administration so far: it’s a major FUBAR.

  10. Aaron Zanzibari says:

    Trump said his order was not a Muslim ban, but that he would prioritize Christians’ request for entry coming from Syria. Sounds like a plan which Steve Bannon had a hand in crafting this attempt to carefully restate Trump’s rash an typically impetuous response to the crisis which his buddy in Russia is directly responsible for worsening.
    Although it is imperative that Christians be allowed to seek refuge from the fighting which Trump’s ally, Putin, has contributed to, it is equally important that Muslims and others be given refuge.

    Whatever the intent, Trump has set himself further along a course of a fiery demise of this tragic takeover of the WH.

    • Independent1 says:

      However, we can’t totally fault the voters as Hillary won the popular vote by 4.5% and there clearly had to be some hacking of the vote counts in a number of “battleground states” for Trump to have won those states when CNN’s exit polls were showing Hillary should have won them easily.

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