January 16, 2019

Theresa May does ‘not agree’ with US ban on refugees

banTheresa May does “not agree” with Donald Trump’s refugee ban and will appeal to the US if it affects British citizens, Downing Street has said.
The prime minister was criticised for refusing to condemn President Trump’s executive order on Saturday.
It halted all refugee admissions and has temporarily barred people from seven Muslim-majority countries.
At an earlier news conference in Turkey, Mrs May said it was up to the US to decide its own policy.
Mr Trump’s executive order, signed on Friday, halted the entire US refugee programme and also instituted a 90-day travel ban for nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
A US judge has issued a stay temporarily halting the deportation of visa holders or refugees “caught up” in the aftermath of the ban’s imposition.
Mrs May visited the US on Friday, followed by a trip to Turkey, and within hours of landing back in the UK, Downing Street released a statement clarifying her position.
“Immigration policy in the United States is a matter for the government of the United States, just the same as immigration policy for this country should be set by our government,” said a spokesman.
“But we do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking.”
‘Sad day’
Mrs May’s refusal to openly challenge the ban at Saturday’s press conference prompted criticism from politicians, including Conservative MPs.
Nadhim Zahawi, Tory MP for Stratford-on-Avon, is of Iraqi origin and said a US immigration lawyer had told him he would be affected by the ban.
“A sad, sad day to feel like a second-class citizen,” he said. “Sad day for the USA.”
There are also concerns that British athletes such as Sir Mo Farah, who lives in the US but was was born in Somalia, and former Team GB basketball player Luol Deng, who was born in Sudan and now plays with the Los Angeles Lakers, could be affected.
Number 10 said it was studying the executive order and would “make representations” to the US government if any UK nationals were affected.
But Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn said Mrs May showed “weak failure” in standing up for British values.
“President Trump’s executive order against refugees and Muslims should shock and appal us all,” he added.
Heidi Allen, Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire, said on Twitter: “Strong leadership means not being afraid to tell someone powerful when they’re wrong.”

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