On Friday 27th January, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States aka The Muslim Ban. The order stops incoming travel from several predominantly Muslim countries, currently: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, regardless of the visa status or permanent residency of the people traveling.
So far 100-200 people have been detained in US airports causing a surge in protests all over the US centering around its airports. The order has received its first lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of two Iraqis, who were detained at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Hundreds of families have been affected by the order, due to their loved ones being blocked from entering the country, it is unsure how many other lawsuits have been filed against the executive order.
People have protested on foot at airports as well as on social media including several high-profile public figures. Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, and CEO of Facebook, wrote on how we should focus on aiding refugees.
Reed Hasting, CEO of Netflix, stated sthat the ban was un-American how it hurt his employees around the world.
Many other companies and figures tweeted their distaste for the ban on Muslims.
Disgusted! The news is devastating! America is being ruined right before our eyes! What an immoral pig you have to be to implement such BS!!— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 29, 2017
Twitter is built by immigrants of all religions. We stand for and with them, always.— Twitter (@Twitter) January 29, 2017
If you do support the #MuslimBan today, remember this: you will be remembered as the villains of our children's history books tomorrow.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) January 28, 2017
Many travellers who have been denied entry have either been detained or sent back to the destination they departed from, regardless if that country was their home or not.