JUST IN: President Trump signs two executive orders at Pentagon — one on military, one on immigration pic.twitter.com/qndpewVozf— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 27, 2017
On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive action banning all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days.
The measure will also suspend all refugees from Syria indefinitely and block immigrants from a number of predominately Muslim nations including Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until “extreme vetting” measures can be put into place, according to the LA Times.
During his remarks, prior to signing, Trump said “I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists” out, and added, “We don’t want them here.”
This week, the news of the proposed ban and other immigrant-centered actions prompted fear and concern among immigrants and refugees and asylum seekers from the impacted countries who said refugees are not militants, but simply families looking for safety and peace.
“What about those who completed their interviews and are waiting for determination? Are they really going to cancel on us or maybe send us to more interviews?” a post on a Facebook group uncovered by Vocativ read.
In another post, a person simply wrote, “We are screwed.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Defense seemed to issue their own comment on the matter, tweeting out on the same day as the proposed ban was announced praise of a refugee turned Marine from Iraq — one of the impacted nations — who is now working to keep America safe.
A copy of the executive action calling for “extreme vetting,” as released by the White House, is below: