As of Thursday, the new US administration had signed 13 executive actions on business, trade and immigration.
“Disgraceful”, “a travesty”, “racist”.
These were some of the words used to describe a measure signed off by US President Donald Trump that suspends immigration from several Muslim-majority countries, and indefinitely bans Syrians – including refugees – from entering the United States.
Closing off his first week in office, Trump signed the order on Friday at the Pentagon, saying the move would help protect Americans from “terrorist” attacks.
“Trump’s latest executive order is likely to hurt the people most in need: those fleeing violence and terrorism – and on Holocaust Remembrance Day, no less,” said Grace Meng, senior US researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The decision to drastically curtail the refugee programme will abandon tens of thousands to the risk of persecution or worse and cede American leadership on a vitally important issue.”
Following Trump’s signing, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a US Muslim advocacy and civil rights group, said it would file a “federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 individuals challenging the ‘Muslim ban'”.
“There is no evidence that refugees – the most thoroughly vetted of all people entering our nation – are a threat to national security,” said Lena Masri, CAIR’s national litigation director. “This is an order that is based on bigotry, not reality.”
The state department said the three-month ban in the directive applied to Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – all Muslim-majority nations.
“The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater and the US resettlement program is one of the most important in the world,” said the United Nations refugee agency and International Organization for Migration (IOM) in a joint statement.
Here is a collection of posts describing the order’s effect and decrying the move, which many have said in part fulfils Trump’s campaign promise to place a ban on Muslims entering the country.
With a pen stroke, a wedding is missed, a eulogy isn't spoken, a job is not taken, a family is left broken, safety isn't found. #MuslimBan
— Remi Kanazi (@Remroum) January 28, 2017
Disappointed at media headlines referring to #MuslimBan using Trump's "radical Islamic terrorists" frame. Say it for what it is: racism.
— Mai El-Sadany (@maitelsadany) January 27, 2017
— Arjun Sethi (@arjunsethi81) January 27, 2017
American foreign policy has played active role in creating the same refugees that we are now banning & denying a safe home. 1/2 #MuslimBan
— Kashif N Chaudhry (@KashifMD) January 25, 2017
Mark my words: Even after the #MuslimBan, many Democrats will still continue to cooperate with Trump. Tells you everything you need to know.
— Professor Fleming is elsewhere (@alwaystheself) January 28, 2017
#MuslimBan, wall, undoc immigrant crime list, false urban crime stats- ALL targeted efforts to dehumanize people of color. Q is to what end?
— Kumar Rao (@KumarRaoNYC) January 28, 2017
Can you hear that? It's Democrats not promising to nullify/repeal Trump's #MuslimBan executive order.
— not sarah harvard (@amyharvard_) January 28, 2017
Pence, Ryan, Mattis…all slammed #MuslimBan during campaign, all now supporting Trump implement it. Wonder why no trust in politicians?
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) January 28, 2017
We've lost something very precious.
And traded it for a cowardly, foolish illusion of safety.
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) January 28, 2017
The #MuslimBan is not about national security, its about White supremacy & the invented threats craven leaders use to justify its existence.
— #RIPBassemMasri 🙏 (@Delo_Taylor) January 28, 2017
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 28, 2017
— Luvvie is the #ProfessionalTroublemaker. PREORDER. (@Luvvie) January 28, 2017
— Ashley Spencer (@AshleyySpencer) January 28, 2017
— NIAC Action PAC (@NIACActionPAC) January 27, 2017
I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity.
— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) January 25, 2017