Who Is Really Affected By Trump's Travel Ban?

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - For a second consecutive day, protesters rallied across the nation after President Donald Trump issued an executive order placing temporary bans on entry into the U.S. Of people from seven Muslim-majority countries.
 
President Trump suspended immigration from countries with ties to terror -- Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq and Libya -- for 90 days. The order also indefinitely suspends Syrian refugees from entering the U.S.
 
Trump said in a statement released Sunday that the countries chosen for what he called the "extreme vetting" of the order had been "identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror."
 
"To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe," the statement reads.
 
The order has received mixed reaction from Utah lawmakers, the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake, and protesters.
 

Republican Reaction

 
"These are areas of the world that are destabilized, that there is concern, and that President Trump thinks we can do a better job of understanding who is coming into the country," explained Greg Hughes, Speaker of the House (R) Draper.
 
"He {Trump} is looking for ways to strengthen the vetting process for those that are coming here."
 
"We have to avoid the temptation of overreacting or getting very hostile. I think we have to have open discussion. We have to look at what this executive order really did say, and look at some of the things that will bring hope to those refugees... to those people that have legitimate worries and fears..."
 

Democrat Reaction

 
"As democrats we're afraid. In his first week of office, Donald Trump has torn up the constitution and spit on the statue of liberty. We as Americans, we as Utahns, welcome refugees and we should continue to do so," said Peter Corroon, Chair, Utah Democratic Party.
 
"We do know who these refugees are. The refugees go through probably the most strict vetting process of anybody coming into this country.so we do know who they are. They live right in the community with us." 
 

Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake Reaction

 
"The ban possibly has good intention, but the manner in which it is being carried out doesn't show good faith to the extent that we would like it to show," said Imaam Muhammed Mehtar, Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake.
 
"As far as him {Trump} saying it's working well, I don't think that's a very accurate statement. We've seen a lot of people in airports making tremendous amounts of protests regarding this given ban."
 
"Whenever we travel, regardless of where we are from, we are asked the following questions, 'why did you go to a given country, who did you meet over there, can you furnish us phone numbers, can you give us addresses?' Travel has always been tense for Muslims, so I think this just compounds to the given travel.
 
"I don't mind being called out, I don't mind being questioned -- that is fair. But the manner in which it is done. And if it's done in a manner to humiliate a person, I think it is wrong." 
 
"When anyone does something that does not represent human values and dignity we should always stand up against it, whether it's Muslim or non-Muslims."
 
"As Martin Luther King {Jr.} said, 'darkness cannot drive out darkness it's light that drives out darkness.' "
 
"Just because of their {refugee's} country of origin and religion, you cannot judge them. They haven't hurt America. You are guilty when you do something wrong and criminal and hostile. Nothing they have not done. Woman and children looking for a safe place, how can you do that?" asked Salman Masud, President,  Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake.
 

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