The White House on Friday ordered a partial shutdown of all U.S. domestic travel and U.N. operations until Congress approves a bill to keep the government open while it works out a solution to a sweeping immigration policy dispute.
The travel ban order issued by the president on Thursday suspends the refugee resettlement program, a program that resettles about 110,000 refugees a year, indefinitely bars all visitors from six majority-Muslim countries, and blocks immigration from people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen.
The order applies to travelers from Syria, Sudan and Iraq.
Trump’s order also suspends entry to the United States for citizens of Syria, Iraq and Sudan, and for U.K. citizens, for 90 days.
The president’s order on Friday is likely to face a legal challenge in court, which is expected to be a major factor in the court battle.
Trump and Democrats have accused him of violating the U.W.A. and the U.”s charter of equal protection by denying refugees and immigrants from these countries their rights to travel freely.
Republicans have said that the order is unconstitutional because it violates the U”s sovereignty and its obligations under the UNA Convention on Refugees.
Trump had vowed to issue an emergency order barring entry to all refugees and people from Syria and Iraq, and to temporarily bar all refugee admissions.
The White Houses press secretary, Josh Earnest, said Friday that the president’s executive order is “the right thing to do.”
Earnest also said the order will allow Congress to address the problems that have arisen in implementing the order in the coming weeks.
“The executive order will help provide some relief, but it will not be enough to fix the underlying problems that exist,” Earnest said.
“It’s critical that Congress act to pass legislation to fix those underlying problems.”
Trump has repeatedly insisted that the ban is needed to stop terrorist attacks and has accused the country of having “the worst refugee situation in the world.”
He has repeatedly asserted that the government has a duty to protect the nation from terrorist attacks, and he has claimed that his order is needed “to keep America safe.”