President Donald Trump signs executive order on immigration ban
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President Donald Trump spoke very openly about his plans as he became the new commander in chief on January 20th, 2017. “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength” President Trump said during his inaugural address.
The new President signed the executive order on immigration titled “Protecting the nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” within his first week in office.
The order bars citizens or refugees from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days. These seven countries include: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Iraq. These are countries he believes pose a dangerous terrorism threat to United States of America.
According to The New York Times, the ban immediately caused havoc in airports and prompted protests all over the world. The lines and delays at airports were extremely long. Students, visitors, refugees and green-card holding legal permanent United States residents from the seven countries were stopped and some were sent back overseas.
CNN covered many of the protests across the country. According to CNN, protestors came out to the White House, Boston’s Copley Square and New York City’s Battery Park. CNN reports approximately 10,000 protestors packed Battery Park. People from various backgrounds held signs with various messages for the new president. One sign held by a young lady read, “NY loves immigrants”.
CNN also reported that the Department of Homeland Security said it would certainly adhere to the rulings and former President Obama issued a statement. Obama’s spokesman Kevin Lewis issued a statement saying, “The President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion”.
New York Institute of Technology’s interim President Rahmat Shoureshi sent an email to students and faculty addressing the executive order. Interim President Shoureshi acknowledged the institutions commitment to continue to fully support its faculty and students all across the world. He understands the importance of academic success for all students and will be monitoring the situation as it develops.
Anyone that has been directly impacted by the ban is urged to contact the Office of International Education at 516-686-7585 or email: [email protected] The Office of Counseling and Wellness is also available for additional support to students and faculty who are experiencing stress and depression during this time.