– Following the signing of executive order banning Muslims from 7 Islamic countries from entering United States
– Reports indicate that Muslims travelling to the US are being prevented by border control
– Several prominent Americans like Mark Zuckerberg has kicked against the order to send Muslims immigrant away from America
American President, Donald Trump signed an executive order closing US borders to all refugees for a period of at least four months and temporarily banning all travellers from half a dozen countries, regardless of whether they have already been issued visas, on Friday evening.
According to The Telegraph, While signing the order, Trump said: “We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas.
“We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.”
Trump has received several backlashes from prominent Americans including Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, over his order to ban Muslims immigrants from entering America.
There were immediate reports of travellers who had been issued visas for travel being turned away or told not to board flights because of the ban.
Mohammed Al Rawi, a graduate of California State University and former journalist with the Los Angeles Times, said his father had been hauled off a flight in Qatar as a direct result of Mr Trump’s decision.
Al Rawi wrote on Facebook that: “My 71 year old dad is in Qatar boarding LAX flight to come visit us and and he’s being sent back to Iraq. Some US official told him that Trump canceled all visas.”
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, wrote in a post on Saturday that he was “concerned” about the impact of the orders and that he would be working with Fwd.US, a charity he supports, to develop protections for child immigrants brought to the US at a young age by their parents.
Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook wall: “My great grandparents came from Germany, Austria and Poland. Priscilla’s parents were refugees from China and Vietnam. The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that.
“Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump.
“We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in fear of deportation.
“We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That’s who we are. Had we turned away refugees a few decades ago, Priscilla’s family wouldn’t be here today.”
Meanwhile, former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, has vowed to convert to Muslim if Trump should go ahead to create an Islamic database and ban Muslim migrants from entering the country.
Albright who is the first female Secretary of State under the administration of former President Bill Clinton tweeted on Wednesday, January 26 that: “I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish.”