Donald Trump has reiterated its willingness to return (refouler) refugees and nationals of seven countries with a muslim majority. The White House noted, however, that the holders of “green cards” are a priori not concerned.
“Our country needs borders strong, and control to extreme, NOW. Look at what is happening in the whole of Europe and, in fact, in the world – a mess horrible!” : this is the tweet that was posted on Sunday, the president of the United States, while the mobilization is ongoing in the United States in the face of the entry ban on the territory of refugees and citizens of seven muslim countries. However, the White House has specified that holders of permanent resident cards (“green cards”) could, a priori, to return to the United States.
“twenty persons” were still held Sunday morning by the us immigration services for “checking further”, under the order of migration of Donald Trump, said the secretary general of the White House, Reince Priebus on CBS. “I think that these people will be released if they are not dangerous, and it may be that some will remain in detention if they are deemed to dangerous for this country”, he added.
strengthened controls to “109″and” persons ”
Several top officials of the White House have defended it Sunday on the american tv the application of this decree issued Friday night by the american president. The spokesperson of the White House, Sean Spicer, said that the 325.000 foreigners arrived in the United States on Saturday, only to “109″ and “persons” have been subjected to increased controls in order to “ensure that the people we let in our country come with peaceful intentions”, he declared Sunday on ABC.
Sean Spicer has justified the absence of pre-announcement which has led to a chaotic situation at the airports, especially in New York, by the need “to ensure that people do not come to mass before that (the decree) is to put in place”.
green Cards and discretionary power of customs officials
“The decree does not affect green cards,” said Reince Priebus on NBC, in an attempt to clarify the situation after two days of conflicting information. His statement followed a wave of indignation in the United States, Iran and other countries concerning the situation of permanent residents suddenly banned from entering the territory.
Reince Priebus, however, reiterated on Sunday that anyone from the seven target countries could be the subject of further questioning of her crossing the border. “An officer of customs and border has a discretionary power to ask more questions to a person who makes back and forth with Libya, Somalia and Yemen”, he said.
This clarification has not reassured many Iranians living in the United States but at this time outside of the country. “An hour to the other, the administration contradicts itself,” says Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council. “It needs to be put in writing for there to be absolutely certain”.
The confusion in the u.s. airports since Friday, the immigration officers missing apparently clear guidelines. Hundreds of protesters besieged the airports to New York, Dallas or Seattle. Saturday night, a federal judge in Brooklyn, brought by defenders of civil rights for the account of two Iraqi nationals in possession of visas stuck at the airport John F. Kennedy, has prohibited the expulsion of persons in the rule adopted in all u.s. airports.
About 200 people were prevented from embarking to the United States, according to the Adviser of Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway in the tv program Fox News Sunday. Sunday, the testimonies were multiplied on people blocked the boarding gate or landed flights, despite the validity of their visas. Iran was particularly concerned, given the number of Iranians holders of work visas or students.
protests are planned Sunday in Washington and New York. The bosses of Apple, Google and Facebook were excited to note the impact on their own employees. The opposition democrat party has called for the withdrawal of the decree anti-refugee, denouncing his character contrary to american values and to be ineffective to counter the threat from the jihadist. It “will only galvanize those who seek to hurt us”, said the head of the Senate democrats, Chuck Schumer.
The fate of the decree in the hands of the justice
within the republican majority, the discomfort was noticeable. Few people have publicly come to the defence of Donald Trump, and a handful of republicans have condemned all or part of the order. For the elected Michigan’s Justin Amash, the decree seemed to be more motivated by political issues than security. “If there is concern about the radicalism/terrorism, why not saudi Arabia, Pakistan and others?” he wrote on Twitter. “The courts will judge if it has gone too far” has prudently declared Sunday, Mitch McConnell, majority leader in the senate, on ABC.
It was in effect before the justice that the fate of the order should be decided. The decision of the emergency court of Brooklyn is in addition to three others in the country blocking evictions, but no bracket on the constitutionality of the presidential decision. “This is likely to end up before the supreme Court,” predicted Anthony Romero, director of the NGO ACLU, on CNN.
It should also be no question of religious discrimination. At the end of the 120-day period, the decree stipulates that priority will be given to refugees persecuted because of their religion, a phrase referring implicitly to the christians of Syria and Iraq. The republican president has himself left no doubt as to this preference. “The christians of the Middle East are executed in large numbers. We cannot let this horror continue!” he wrote on Twitter Sunday. Six Syrians, including christians, have in all cases been turned back this weekend from the us airport in Philadelphia and have had to return to Beirut in Lebanon where they had gone.
The decree Trump
The decree signed by Donald Trump on Friday banned entry to all refugees, regardless of their origin, for 120 days (indefinitely for syrian refugees), as well as to all citizens of seven muslim-majority countries, and regarded as nurseries of terrorists by the us administration, for 90 days (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen).