U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday barred citizens and refugees of 7 Muslim countries from entering the United States as to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists”.
Trump also established a religious test for refugees coming from Muslim states, ordering Christians and other minorities be granted priority over Muslims.
“We don’t want them here,” he said, adding, “We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country, and love deeply our people.”
The order stops admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely, and from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen for 90 days.
Trump’s decision has incited controversy, as none of the 19 hijackers in the September 11 were citizens of the aforementioned countries.
Since 15 of the 19 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia, rights groups have repeatedly condemned the role that the monarchy plays in the Middle East as well as across the world.
During his presidential campaign, Trump promised to completely bar Muslims from entering the country until Washington can figure out “what is going on.”