Trump’s Travel Ban

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Trump’s Travel Ban

Neil Griffith, Senior Editor

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On January 20, almost immediately after being sworn in, possibly even before the Secret Service had time to lock the doors to the White House, President Trump began signing executive orders. The biggest that shook the nation and many others was Trump’s 120 day suspension of the refugee program and the 90 day ban to the United States from citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen while also indefinitely barring any Syrians from the US. Trump stated that the ultimate goal of the ban was to “improve background checks to make sure terrorists are not admitted inadvertently.”

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was fired by Trump after she refused to defend his travel ban. “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful,” said Yates. Although several people stood with Yates. Activists fighting against Trump’s ban applauded Yates for her actions. “Yates displayed the fierce intellect, unshakeable integrity, and deep commitment to the rule of law,” said Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Although President Trump’s Immigration Ban didn’t make it through court, White House officials kept pushing for it. The government went to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and filed for an emergency stay to reestablish Trump’s order while the decisions from the Appeals Courts proceed.

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