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Does Trump’s Ban Affect You?

Does Trump’s Ban Affect You?

Trump’s sweeping three month ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries is in all of the news but, on a personal level, it's affecting so many people in so many ways.

You may originate from one of these countries like Mo Farrow and suddenly feel like an alien or, like so many more people, just be afraid that the world is suddenly a scarier place.

As well as banning all refugees, travellers who are either nationals or dual nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are not permitted to enter the US for 90 days and cannot be issued with any visas either.  This even includes people who share dual nationality with allied countries, including the UK – although Canada has been advised that its dual nationals are not affected.

People already mid-flight when the ban was put into place were detained on arrival, even if they had valid visas or permits and the number of people turned away at overseas airports as they tried to board flights to the US is unknown. Holiday makers trying to fly home with passports from the above countries are also being affected as their transit visas for the US are now no longer valid and, despite being told that US green card holders would not be affected, some have already been detained since the order came into effect.

In a statement, President Trump said visas would be issued again once "the most secure policies" were in place and denied it was a Muslim ban.

The Trump administration is standing firm over its ban, despite court rulings and mass protests against it.  Thousands protested at airports and outside the White House and Trump Tower over the weekend, including lawyers offering their services for free to those affected.  Democratic Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer said the US now appeared "less humanitarian, less safe, less American" and said the Democrats would introduce legislation to overturn it.

Mr Trump tweeted early on Sunday that the US needed "extreme vetting, NOW" but later, in a statement, tried to offer more reassuring words, saying: "This is not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe.

"We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days," he said.

While the new president is determined to build his own Trumpton and never be defied, the question is, if he can cause this much havoc in one week, where will we be in four years’ time?

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