President Trump on Friday continued his crackdown on illegal immigration, signing sweeping new orders that tighten the country’s refugee and visa policies –suspending almost all refugee admissions for four months and indefinitely barring entry for some Syrians.
Trump signed the executive action at the Pentagon, where he met with the joint chiefs of staff and participated in the swearing-in ceremony for Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Trump said the new measure was intended “to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.”
“We don’t want them here,” Trump said.
The executive order also suspends visa entry into the U.S. from seven countries that have predominately Muslim populations. They include: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan and Yemen.
The order also creates an “extreme vetting” process for any and all immigrants and visitors to the U.S.
House Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, told Fox News, “It’s a safer day for America.”
American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero blasted Trump’s plan as unconstitutional.
“‘Extreme vetting’ is just a euphemism for discriminating against Muslims,” Romero said in a statement issued moments after the signing. “Identifying specific countries with Muslim majorities and carving out exceptions for minority religions flies in the face of the constitutional principle that bans the government from either favoring or discriminating against particular religions.”
Trump defended the executive order during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
“Right now, the FBI has over 1,000 [terrorism] investigations going on … and these are people that we let in,” Trump said from the White House Thursday. “We don’t need this. Some people have come in with evil intentions. Most haven’t, I guess, but we can’t take chances.”
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Source: Fox News