Trump's Immigration Ban Recalls Past Laws

President Donald Trump‘s executive order placing temporary bans on entry into the country of any refugees and all people from seven Muslim-majority countries recalls past immigration restrictions in the United States.

“It hearkens back to a time where the U.S. viewed immigration strictly through a national origins lens,” said Sarah Pierce, an associate policy analyst for U.S. programs at the Migration Policy Institute.

The executive order signed Friday immediately suspends immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa — Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya — for 90 days, ends for 120 days the entry of any refugees into the U.S., and indefinitely suspends the entry of Syrian refugees.

The announcement partly fulfills a campaign pledge to restrict immigration and refugee resettlement from Muslim-majority nations but falls short…

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