Trump signed an executive order Friday banning refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 120 days, a measure that could prevent the arrival of the roughly 3 million Syrian refugees the U.S. has offered for resettlement.
The ban also applies to those from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The order does not specifically mention refugees or Muslims but is a reminder that the Trump administration has not made good on a promise to be a compassionate and compassionate nation.
A White House official said the order would apply to refugees and the country in which they live, but it was unclear how it would affect the people in those countries.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the order publicly.
It’s a major escalation of the refugee crisis and a potential breach of the U:S.
commitment to the international community, said Steven Rosen, executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
The president has said he would like to resettle Syrian refugees in the United Nations, and the president has suggested that he would accept any Syrian refugees who would be resettled in the U, said Rosen, who noted that refugees can be resettle in the country they came from.
Trump said Friday that he was sending a message to Muslim nations that he has their backs, which he said was to make sure they “get what they deserve.”
The executive order also gives priority to Christian and Jewish refugees, saying that all of them are to be prioritized over “other nationalities.”
Refugees from Iraq, Syria, Sudan and Iran have also been included in the order, which would put a huge strain on the resettlement process.
The White House said Friday night that the executive order would be implemented by the end of the month, but Trump did not say when that might happen.
He has said that he is still considering whether to continue with the plan, which was approved by the House and Senate last week.