Trump expected to ban visa applications from 7 MENA countries
Immigration was one of Donald Trump’s main issues while campaigning to be president of the United States. And now that he’s taken his place in the White House, it seems that he’s cracking on with it.
According to Reuters, the new US President is expected to sign an executive order on Wednesday, that will suspend visas for citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. As well as banning these countries in the Middle East and Africa, he is expected to place a temporary ban on most refugees.
And that’s not all. Along with plans to limit people entering the United States, he is also taking steps to build that famous wall. (You may remember the president’s claims that he would build a wall on the Mexican border… and make Mexico pay for it.)
Trump teased plans on Tuesday evening with a Tweet, saying: “Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!”
It is expected that Trump will place the temporary ban on refugees while he tightens up the vetting process.
There has been no confirmation on the specific orders that will be signed on Wednesday, during a town hall meeting at the Department of Homeland Security, but sources have informed Reuters that a number of issues will be addressed over the coming days.
“Another order will block visas being issued to anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified,” the article reads.
It’s not yet clear if this will go ahead and, if it did, when the ban would take effect. However, it seems that Trump would have the power to ensure that visas stop being issued and that border control stop current visa holders entering.