The Donald Trump administration pushed back this weekend against the media-fueled uproar against the executive order implemented on Friday restricting immigration and travel from seven high-risk countries in the Middle East.
“The United States admits, from the Muslim majority countries of the world, more people every year than any other country on earth that is not itself a member of that region,” a senior official explained to reporters at the White House on Saturday, adding that “the notion that this is a Muslim ban is ludicrous.”
Protests against Trump’s action are growing in activist hotbeds of the country, particularly in New York City, Washington D.C., and California, accusing the president of banning Muslims from the United States.
Trump’s executive order blocked visa entries from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen for 90 days — countries that Congress had identified as “high risk” areas of the country. Muslims from other countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey were not blocked.
Exceptions to the rule would be handled on a case-by-case basis, the official confirmed, not en masse, citing two Iraqi men released from JFK airport in New York City as an example of a successful vetting process. The official praised security officials for handling the situation professionally.
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