The White House has finally made good on its threat to ban all refugees and visitors from seven predominantly Muslim nations, including Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
The order also suspends all refugee admissions from Syria, while it restricts travel to Iran, Somalia and Sudan.
Trump’s move, announced Friday morning, came days after his administration put the blame for the deadly shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California, on a group of homegrown jihadis, with many of them pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.
The administration has insisted that the attack was carried out by a lone wolf, but law enforcement sources told ABC News that evidence suggests there was a larger, coordinated plot.
Officials have said that the plan was hatched months ago.
But it was not until Thursday that Trump publicly announced that the order would be rolled out, and officials told ABC that the executive order was only a first step.
Trump is expected to sign the order later in the day.
Here are some of the things you need know about the president’s decision.
The White Houses new order bans all refugees for seven countries: “The United States Government will not accept refugees from Syria and Iraq until the Government of Syria and the Government and authorities in those countries have implemented a comprehensive, effective plan to control the ongoing conflict in those regions,” the order reads.
The executive order does not bar refugees from the United States from settling in another country: “Refugees from the countries of the listed countries may be admitted to the United State if they present a demonstrated willingness to undertake protection or resettlement in the United Kingdom or any of the other countries listed below.”
The ban does not apply to Syrian refugees: “For purposes of this Order, the term ‘refugee’ does not include any individual who has been granted asylum, has been approved for resettlement in another Member State of the European Union, or is otherwise eligible to enter or remain in the U.S. under a resettlement program sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.”
The president also says he will suspend refugee admissions to the U