New Delhi: President Donald Trump’s executive order on Friday to suspend the US refugee programme for four months and impose a three month ban for entry of nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. While the Trump administration has defended its actions as part of the regime’s pledge to clamp down on immigration from terrorism affected countries, the decision has sparked widespread protests, criticism by members of the US Congress, legal hurdles, and confusion at airports across both US and abroad. The department of homeland later clarified that the order won’t affect green card holders or legal permanent residents.
The orders prompted massive protests Saturday and Sunday at airports in New York, Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles and near capital Washington DC. Part of the ban was halted by a judge in a federal court in New York on Saturday. Here are some of the reactions from the international media:
¦ The Telegraph: All nations have a right to control their borders. Indeed, the integrity of the border, the ability to decide who enters and who does not, is a sine qua non of an effective state. And states that give up that ability take a grave risk… Mr Trump’s solution to the problems of immigration and extremism is controversial, but that does not mean those problems do not exist.
¦ The New York Times: “The order lacks any logic. It invokes the attacks of Sept. 11 as a rationale, while exempting the countries of origin of all the hijackers who carried out that plot and also, perhaps not coincidentally, several countries where the Trump family does business. The document does not explicitly mention any religion, yet it sets a blatantly unconstitutional standard by excluding Muslims while giving government officials the discretion to admit people of other faiths. The order’s language makes clear that the xenophobia and Islamophobia that permeated Mr. Trump’s campaign are to stain his presidency as well. Un-American as they are, they are now American policy.”
¦ Brookings: “President Trump’s expected action to suspend all refugee resettlement to the United States and to impose additional restrictions on refugees from largely Muslim countries is a sad day for refugees and for cherished American values.
¦ The Wall Street Journal: “President Trump seems determined to conduct a shock and awe campaign to fulfill his campaign promises as quickly as possible, while dealing with the consequences later. This may work for a pipeline approval, but the bonfire over his executive order on refugees shows that government by deliberate disruption can blow up in damaging ways.”
¦ CNBC: “Many expect Trump’s policies, perceived as unjust and discriminatory, could result in a decline of American soft power in Muslim-majority regions, which former U.S. president Barack Obama attempted to carefully rebuild in the aftermath of the Bush regime.”
¦ The Washington Post: “Mr. Trump stands to gain very little by declaring what amounts to a culture war on huge swaths of urban America that, with good reason, would defy his attempts to deport millions of productive and largely law-abiding immigrants, many of whom have children and other relatives who are U.S. citizens.”
¦ Time: “The wave of criticism marks the end of a startlingly brief honeymoon period for a new President who has been in office for scarcely a week, and even set the White House on defense as it backtracked on the ban applying to green-card holders. And while much of the blowback was driven by Trump’s immigration orders, the controversial plans he has on the horizon suggest the rest of his term could be just as rocky.”
¦ Deutsche Welle: “The entry ban is also counter-productive. For many Muslims around the world it is confirmation of the message Trump was already sending out from the campaign trail: namely, that they and their religion are not welcome in Trump’s America. And this plays right into the hands of Islamist extremists all over the world.”
¦ Independent: “It takes months to become a real bad guy, to turn against a whole race of people, to boast about your lack of compassion, to whip even your most craven allies into grovelling silence as you besmirch the good name of your country. But it took only a few seconds for Justin Trudeau to shame Donald Trump at the weekend. All he said was “Welcome to Canada”, and his own freezing, cantankerous, glorious country became the Land of the Free.”