Thousands protested in airport terminals across the country over the weekend in response to President Trump’s new executive order temporarily suspending travel from countries considered to host a high threat of terrorism. The order, signed on Friday, January 27th, would temporarily halt travel from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days while suspending the admission of refugees for 120.
The countries included are: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen.
President Trump spoke to reporters early Saturday regarding his thoughts on the progress of the ban.
“It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports. You see it all over. It’s working out very nicely and we’re going to have a very, very strict ban, and we’re going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years,” he said.
The Obama administration had noted the same seven countries in December 2015 as “countries of concern”, and placed limited restrictions on travelers coming into the U.S. from any of the countries listed. Dual citizens who had not been required to get a visa originally would have been required to upon return.
However, Saturday evening, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a nationwide injunction with the Federal Court in New York City and was granted a temporary stay on the order which would let those who have already landed on U.S. soil with a valid Visa to remain without being deported.
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus spoke to NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday and said that the ban will not affect green card holders going forward.