People Are Sharing Their Refugee Stories In Response To Trump’s Ban

Trump’s executive order suspends the entire US refugee program for 120 days and blocks all people in seven countries from entering the US for 90 days.

President Trump on Friday temporarily suspended the entire US refugee program and indefinitely stopped all Syrian refugees from entering the country, bringing people on Twitter to talk about how they or loved ones were affected by the ban.

President Trump on Friday temporarily suspended the entire US refugee program and indefinitely stopped all Syrian refugees from entering the country, bringing people on Twitter to talk about how they or loved ones were affected by the ban.
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Using the hashtag #muslimban, people shared stories of loved ones being suddenly stuck abroad, or how their ancestors were able to come to US as a refugee.
The executive order signed Friday by Trump suspends the entire refugee program for 120 days, and halts refugees from war-torn Syria indefinitely.

The order does not mention “Islam” or “Muslim” in the text, but it blocks all people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days.

Some of those believed to be affected included people who were abroad when the executive order was signed, and may not be able to return home.

Others suddenly found themselves unable to see relatives who live in countries affected by the executive order.

Trump’s order places a 30-day ban on new visas from “terror-prone” countries. But non-citizens who currently live in the US with visas or a green card could also be affected by the president’s order, ProPublica reported.

Because the executive order cites “aliens” and “foreigners,” it could impact about 25,000 citizens of “terror prone” countries who are in the US with a visa, ProPublica reported.

About 500,000 people with green cards, but who were born in those countries and were abroad when it was signed, could also potentially be barred from returning to the US.

In effect, some families would remain separated under the current executive order.

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