President Donald Trump’s latest immigration ban on seven Muslim-majority countries is causing troubles around the world, and making a political mess of his new administration.
The U.S. says there’s a purpose for the decree – to exterminate “radical Islamic terrorists.”
In his official statement, the 70-year-old said he will give Christians a priority in his administration, adding that his campaign pledge to build a US-Mexican border must be fulfilled.
Mr. Trump also said his government is hell bent on cutting down unlawful immigration, and will take every necessary measure that will Make America Great Again.
The outspoken president believes his actions are for the protection of every law-abiding American citizen.
He spoke at a conference on Saturday after signing the latest batch of his executive orders.
As your President, I have no higher duty than to protect the lives of the American people. pic.twitter.com/o7YNUNwb8f
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
“It’s working out nicely,” the Republican said of his widely criticized ban, “you see it in the airports.”
Last Friday, Mr. Trump reportedly signed an order which suspended citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States of America – for at least a period of 90 days.
The measures drew praise from Trump’s supporters but most world leaders think this is an aberration. A minority of the American populace as well as many foreign nationals have condemned the new law..
Human rights advocates, international humanitarian organizations and religious bodies have also frowned at America’s immigration ban.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a statement that it will file a lawsuit against the discriminatory executive order in the coming days, referring to the law as unconstitutional.
Didier Burhhalter, Swiss foreign minster, described the new law as “discriminatory and contrary to fundamental rights.”
The relationship between America and most Muslim-majority countries seem to have soured with this latest announcement which has sparked mass protests in many countries around the world.
Potential travelers with passports from the listed countries are now facing a huge loss as first victims of Trump’s Islamophobic policies.
While political analysts and affected citizens are protesting against what they consider a violation of rights, the Swiss foreign minister says America’s travel ban calls for “political questions.”
Burkhalter spoke with reporters on Sunday expressing his anger that there are dual nationals in Swiss which may be affected. He added that his country has shown commitment in the war against terrorism, insisting that any laws taken in this regard must “respect fundamental rights and international law.”
“We are in contact with the US authorities to get as clear information as possible on modalities planned and reserve the right to any measures that defend the rights of Swiss citizens concerned,” the Swiss foreign minister said.
“We are always opposed to discrimination of individuals due to their religion or country of origin,” he noted.
“In this sense, the executive order taken by the US clearly goes in the wrong direction.”
Mr. Burhhalter said the U.S. should show some respect to refugees from war-torn countries, as supported by the Geneva Conventions.
In his candid opinion, victims of war should be given special considerations for humanitarian purposes notwithstanding the need for strict actions against terrorists.
Following wide protests against Trump’s decision against the selected Muslim-majority countries, Britain has reportedly turned away some legal US residents at its airports.
Germany and France have also shown their disapproval on the terrorism-inspired ban.
Media reports confirm British citizens are calling for a unified legal action to place Donald Trump on an indefinite ban from entering the United Kingdom – a place he calls home.
Iran reportedly invited Switzerland’s ambassador to Tehran, Giulio Haas, to launch a formal protest against Trump’s Islamophobia. This step was taken because Washington and Tehran have no diplomatic ties.
The protest note handed to Haas, who represents US interests in Iran as a middleman, says Trump’s immigration ban “was based on false and discriminatory pretexts and (went) against human rights conventions”, state news agency IRNA reported.
With the U.S. housing nearly a million Iranian-Americans who have relatives outside the country, this latest ban will pose an obstacle to all potential travelers form the blacklisted countries.
Iran reciprocated to Washington’s ban by banning US citizens from entering the country. Tehran made the decision on Saturday although the country’s foreign minister later clarified that American’s who have been issued Iranian visas will be allowed.
“Unlike the US, our decision is not retroactive. All with valid Iranian visa will be gladly welcomed,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter.