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U.S. under Trump Series: Trump signs new executive order limiting refugee entries from 11 countries

The Trump administration is continuing on its vow to crack down on U.S. refugee program and illegal immigration as President Trump signed a new executive order that limits the entry of refugees to the United States from 11 countries. As President Trump’s four-month ban on refugees ended on Tuesday, the White House issued a new executive order enacting extreme vetting for those looking to enter the United States as a refugee and under United States Refugee Assistance Program. The president had previously suspended the processing of all refugees to the US for a period of 120 days as part of a previous executive order, issued in tandem with his travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries.

The White House declined, however, to name the 11 countries that would be subject to a new 90-day review, saying only that applicants from those countries would be considered on a case-by-case basis. As of 2016, higher-security screening was required for most adult male nationals of Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and Palestine but It is not clear if the 11 countries referred to in Trump’s executive order were the same ones. Speculation suggests that Myanmar could be the new addition due to the ongoing Rohingya crisis in the list, while Iraq is likely to get removed.

Here is the link to President Trump’s full executive order, https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/10/24/presidential-executive-order-resuming-united-states-refugee-admissions

The Trump administration separately issued a revised travel ban last month barring entry to immigrants from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. That executive order was temporarily halted by a U.S. district judge last week, hours before its implementation.

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