U.S. Entry Ban Suspended
[SUN FEB 5 2017; A15; ’Maahantulokielto laitettiin jäihin,’ Siiri Arffman, STT, Reuters, AFP]
A ban on Muslims
* Trump signed an executive order preventing the citizens
of seven Muslim countries from entering the United States.
* The ban included Syria, Iraq, and Iran.
* The decision of the federal judge stands indefinitely.
The United States federal judge revoked Trump’s entry ban concerning Muslims.
Citizens of the seven Muslim countries may once again travel to the United States.
Federal judge James L. Robart decided to suspend President Trump’s entry ban of the citizens of seven Muslim countries, and other U.S. officials have now changed their policies accordingly.
Airline companies, including the Finnish Finnair, announced they would again be able to accept people of Muslim countries on their planes.
Last week Trump signed an executive order that prevented entry of Syrians into the U.S. indefinitely, for at least 90 days. The entry band also encompassed Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
Trump’s intention was to keep ”radical Islamist terrorists out of the United States.” The order also halted the execution of the country’s refugee plan for four months. Entry visas of over 60 000 people were revoked.
Federal judge James L. Robart examined Trump’s order from the law’s point of view. District attorney Robert Ferguson said the judge deemed the entry ban unconstitutional and illegal, because it discriminates based on religion. Ferguson described Robart’s decision as a unique one, and declared the revocation of the entry ban, effective immediately.
The federal judge’s decision stands indefinitely, or as long as a higher court doesn’t overturn it.
In practice, based on the judge’s decision, any entrant with a valid visa has to be allowed to enter the United States. On saturday, many airlines announced they would be accepting citizens of the banned countries with valid travel documents.
The White House was dismayed by Robart’s decision.
– The intention behind the President’s order is to protect the United States, and the President has a constitutional responsibility to protect the American people, the White House informed.
Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer assured that the entry ban was legal. He also stated that the United States Department of Justice would be applying for a revocation of the decision. The Department of Justice informed they do not intend to apply for the suspension of the decision’s implementation at this moment.
President Trump himself criticized the federal judge’s decision harshly on Twitter.
– The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned! Trump tweeted.
According to Trump, some Middle Eastern countries have agreed with his entry ban.
-When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot, come in and out, especially for reasons of safety and security – big trouble! Trump tweeted.