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Advocacy, Aid Groups Condemn Trump Order as ‘Muslim Ban’

Aid and advocacy groups reacted with dismay and outrage Friday to Donald Trump's order imposing a temporary ban on Syrian refugee admissions to the U.S., and restrictions on entering the U.S. on people from several predominantly Muslim nations.

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Aid and advocacy groups reacted with dismay and outrage Friday to Donald Trump's order imposing a temporary ban on Syrian refugee admissions to the U.S., and restrictions on entering the U.S. on people from several predominantly Muslim nations.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it will announce a Constitutional challenge to what it called a "Muslim ban." News of the order had Princeton University urging students to delay travel to countries that could be affected.

"This is no time for America to turn its back on people ready to become patriotic Americans," President and CEO David Miliband said in a statement. The group called Trump's actions "harmful and hasty."

Trump's order suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, and indefinitely suspends admission of Syrian refugees to the U.S. until "sufficient changes" have been made to the program.

Related: Trump Signs Executive Order Restricting Entry by Refugees

The order does not specifically say it targets Islam but it suspends most entry for 90 days from certain nations based on statute related to the Visa Waiver Program.

The most recent version of that visa waiver program put restrictions on those who had traveled to seven countries since March of 2011: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, or Yemen. The order says there are exemptions for certain visas.

One Twitter user expressed fear for his father's ability to travel in and out of the United States to attend a family wedding, despite saying he was a legal resident, asking: "Is this real?"

Source: Al Alam News Network


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