January 16, 2019

Trump signs ‘extreme vetting’ order to limit immigration

topUS President Donald Trump has announced new vetting measures to “keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the US”.
He signed the executive order at the Pentagon after a ceremony to swear in Gen James Mattis as defence secretary.
He did not elaborate on the vetting measures. But in a TV interview broadcast on Friday, he said Christians would be given priority among Syrians who apply for refugee status.
He has also vowed to curb entry for people from six other Muslim countries.
During Friday’s Pentagon ceremony, Mr Trump said: “I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.”
He also signed an executive order aimed at rebuilding the military by “developing a plan for new planes, new ships, new resources and new tools for our men and women in uniform”.
Last year, the administration of then-President Barack Obama admitted 10,000 Syrian refugees into the US. Neighbouring Canada – whose population is a ninth of that of the US – took in 35,000.
During the presidential campaign, Mr Trump suggested a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.
However, he has made no mention of this since being elected last November.

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