With the world (apart from Israel) in uproar over President Trump's decision to ban immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, Department of Homeland Security official Gillian Christensen just confirmed "[the order] will bar green card holders" and those who hold dual nationality also will be barred.
Green cards serve as proof of an individual’s permanent legal residence in the U.S.
In a statement that the State Department is due to release, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, the 90-day visa moratorium extends beyond just citizens of Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Libya and Yemen.
It also applies to people who originally hail from those countries but are traveling on a passport issued by any other nation, the statement notes. That means Iraqis seeking to enter the U.S. on a British passport, for instance, will be barred, according to a U.S. official. British citizens don’t normally require a visa to enter the U.S.
“Travelers who have nationality or dual nationality of one of these countries will not be permitted for 90 days to enter the United States or be issued an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa,” the statement said. “Those nationals or dual nationals holding valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visas will not be permitted to enter the United States during this period. Visa interviews will generally not be scheduled for nationals of these countries during this period.”
The dual-citizenship ban doesn’t apply to U.S. citizens who are also citizens of the seven nations singled out by Mr. Trump.
In a briefing with reporters, officials defended the scope and execution of the new executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Friday. Asked about lawsuits filed against the order, the officials declined specific comment, but said foreigners do not have a right to enter into the united States, and dismissed as "ludicrous" the notion that the move amounted to a "Muslim ban."
As The Hill reports, Trump signed an executive action Friday halting the country’s Syrian refugee resettlement program for 120 days and barring people from certain Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S. The administration says the halt in the resettlement program is designed to give it time to tighten the vetting process for refugees. The order also gives Christian refugees priority in the resettlement process.
"If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians,” Trump said in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network on Friday.
“And I thought it was very, very unfair,” he continued. “So we are going to help them.”
While most of the world is in uproar over Trump's decisions to "build the wall" and "ban muslims" - Iran's government proclaimed "Trump's visa ban is an insult to all Muslims" - Israel's Prime Minister was supportive...
President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea ????????????????
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 28, 2017
Finally of the seven countries that are on the banned list, we note that the United States is actvely bombing five of them.