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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Immigrant and refugee advocates on Wednesday denounced White House plans to temporarily stop receiving refugees and suspend visas for people from seven Middle Eastern and North African countries, saying they target Muslims and will make America less safe.

A draft executive order seen by Reuters that Trump is expected to sign in the coming days would block the entry of refugees from war-torn Syria and suspend the entry of any immigrants from Muslim-majority Middle Eastern and African countries Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya, and Yemen while permanent rules are studied.

Trump is also expected to order a multi-month ban on allowing refugees into the United States except for religious minorities escaping persecution, until more aggressive vetting is in place, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.

The administration’s aim is to head off Islamist violence in the United States, but critics say the measures soil America’s reputation as a welcoming place for immigrants of all kinds.

“The president needs to know he’s an absolute fool for fostering this kind of hostility in his first few days. This will inflame violence against Americans around the world,” said Seth Kaper-Dale, a pastor at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, New Jersey, which he said helped resettle 28 refugee and asylum-seeking families in the state last year.

Before his Nov. 8 election victory, Trump, a Republican, pledged to stop taking refugees from Syria and immigrants from countries deemed to pose a terrorism risk.

“Muslims, we believe, are the sole targets of these orders,” said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group.

“These orders are a disturbing confirmation of Islamophobic and un-American policy proposals made during the presidential election campaign,” Awad told a news conference in Washington.

During the campaign, Trump originally proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the country, a measure that almost certainly would have faced legal challenges for discrimination on the basis of religion. He later altered his stance to target countries known to be sources of terrorism.

About 100 protesters gathered in New York City’s Washington Square Park chanting, “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are here to stay.” They also blasted the Trump administration as “too male, too pale, and too stale.”

“We reject policies that turn their backs on those who have suffered,” U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez, a New York City Democrat, shouted to protesters.

(Additional reporting by Julia Edwards Ainsley in Washington and Gina Cherelus and Jonathan Allen in New York; Editing by Peter Cooney and Alan Crosby)

IMAGE: Demonstrators gather at Washington Square Park to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump in New York U.S., January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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8 responses to “Rights Advocates Slam Trump Plans On Muslim Immigrants, Refugees”

  1. stsintl says:

    How about Israel, well known as a terrorist nation in the Middle-east?

    • How about America and its “terrorism” against black folks and other migrants, and even longer terrorist acts such as forced removal of Indigenous peoples from their lands here in America? And leave us not forget the Oklahoma Bombing, the racist activities in the northwest, black youth in the cross-hairs of paranoid police officers shooting first then asking questions–even as someone turns their back and runs away, only to be gunned down in the back by several rounds. We could go on, but my point should be clear.
      Atrocities have happened in every nation, so let’s not point fingers at only one nation to make a point. Post responsibly.

  2. Dominick Vila says:

    Funny! Israel, of all places, just announced they will receive Syrian children refugees, and the leader of the brave announces he is so scared of them he will ban them all from coming to the USA.

  3. dpaano says:

    The stupidest thing is that of all the countries he mentioned, he left out Saudi Arabia. Where does he think the terrorists who hit the World Trade Center buildings came from? I guess those are okay to come into the country, right? WRONG!!!

  4. As a result of seeing a post earlier by Dominick, I tracked down the story about Israel’s plan to accept Syrian refugee children in today’s Jerusalem Post.(http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Report-Israel-okays-historic-plan-to-absorb-child-refugees-from-Syria-war-479650)

    This is an incredible development by the Israelis. Although I’ve had a dim view of Mr. Netanyahu(“Bibi”) in light of some of his previous antics and histrionics, this gesture by him and the officials in Israel signals what might be a significant event—one that may send a strong signal to conservative elements in the Arab world, and should put the GOP, Trump, and nationalist fanatics in America to shame. As well this gesture may have implications on other fronts vis-a-vis reactions by Arab countries towards this noble invitation. Since God works in ways in His own manner, we can’t say exactly how things will proceed. One thing is certain—There is not a magic wand type of mechanism where we might think that PRESTO! things are changed, unlike Cecille B. DeMille Productions interpretations of Biblical events.

    The International Baha’i Community whose centerpiece and most significant presence in Israel is the Universal House of Justice is situated along the slopes of Mt Carmel overlooking the plains of Sharon to the north of the Bay of Haifa. The Baha’i Community has always enjoyed respect in Israel due to the circumstances of the Baha’i Faith’s presence being established there, before Israel was formally established in 1949. Baha’u’llah as a prisoner of the Ottoman Empire, which acted in connivance with the Muslim clerics in Persia, was forced to live the remainder of His earthly life in the Prison city of Akka for daring to claim that Religion has been renewed even though the literal interpretation of Muhammad’s statement that He was “The Seal of The Prophets” was and is taken literally to mean that there would be no more Religions, and that Islam is the last, something Baha’u’llah refuted and was subsequently forced to go into exile as a prisoner, winding up finally in Akka—(the route is anticipated and described in the Book of Micah).

    Anyway, by Israel making this grand gesture, I can only stop and think about a fearful petty-minded Congressman in our District who put his foot down by saying that he would oppose settling Syrian refugees sanctuary in the state. Needless to say, I emailed him and strongly rebuked him for his cold-hearted attitude and questioned his notion of Christianity. And now Israel is showing a more godly and “Christian” attitude than one of the avowed bastions of Christianity—namely, America.

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