Syrian President Bashar al-Assad explained his opinion on the US travel ban ordered by President Trump. “I think the aim of Trump is to prevent those people from coming.” and “not against the Syrian people” Assad explained in an interview with Europe 1 Radio and TF1 Radio.Trump said that he travel ban was to prevent militants from entering the country and posing a threat to the public but resulted in banning the entirety of multiple countries.
Reena Flores explains how Theresa May, British Prime Minister, said that the travel ban was "wrong" and "divisive" in a news conference. She then said that "It is not a policy that the United Kingdom would adopt." A German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, also disagreed with the travel ban as she said, "the necessary and decisive fight against terrorism in no way justifies a general suspicion against people of certain beliefs, in this case, people of the Muslim faith or from a certain origin.” This shows that she believes that it is not right to ban an entire country's people because of their beliefs or where they are from.
Justin Trudeau, a strong advocate for immigrants and refugees, tweeted on January 28, 2017, saying "To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada". This shows that regardless of why the US made the travel ban, Canada is willing to continue taking in immigrants and refugees from those countries. Since January of 2017, Canada has accepted so many refugees from overcompensating for the US's denial of all refugees and immigrants. The #WelcomeToCanada hashtag shown in Prime Minister Trudeau's tweet is trying to show support to immigrants and refugees that are seeking safety in Canada after being denied entry in the United States.
Doug Criss gives a general summary the travel ban and the effect. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on January 27, 2017. This order is a travel ban preventing Muslim-majority immigrants from entering the U.S. for 3 months and keeps refugees from entering the country for 120 days. There were a total of 8 countries effected being Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and North Korea, as well as government officials from Venezuela. Before President Trump was elected, in his campaign he spoke of "extreme vetting". This new travel ban is a clear example of that. This ban had major repercussions as many, many people flew from across the US to protest at airports and support the incoming refugees who were affected by the ban while in the air or arrived at airports and were detained.
The International Refugee Assistance Program (IRAP), a program that protects and advocates for refugees and displaced people. The IRAP also provided legal assistance and protection when they are trying to enter the country. Jonah Engel Bromwich explains the actions lawyers took against the travel ban. Lawyers from this program gathered in more than 12 airports over the US after realising the effect the recently passed travel ban. The lawyers were gathered at the airports to provide legal assistance for the refugees trying to enter the country. The incoming refugees that were on planes flying into the US were having their legal status changed while they were mid-flight. When the refugeed would land and try to pass through security they would be detained from the ban and couldn't do anything about it by themselves. These lawyers, many staying overnight to provide immediate assistance, were there to help the incoming refugees.
An organisation that has been around since the 1980's that supported refugee children is being stopped because of President Trump's new travel ban. This program has brought over 6,000 unaccompanied minors to the US to provide them with the safety of a foster family. Many children lost their families and homes to avoid forced military contribution and now have to fend on their own. Due to President Trump's new travel ban, over 100 pending fostering and adoption cases have been set on hold for the government to determine whether the pre-made matched fostering families should have the child brought over.
Common people tell CNN reporter, Lyric Lewin, their opinion and how they support the travel ban put in by President Trump. Many people in the US support the travel ban, people just like Danny Eapen. Eapen is 25, of Indian descent and supports the travel ban because he believes that the travel ban is not religious or racial prejudice because there were other Muslim-majority countries that were not apart of the travel ban. He believes that it is true to just protect the countries borders rather than keep out a certain religion or race. Susan Richardson, a 71 year old caucasian, also supports the travel ban because she believes that an independent country should have the ability to protect its own border, regardless of how they have to do it.