Trump signs Steve Bannon’s Muslim ban, creating airport chaos and protests

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Donald Trump signs an executive order banning Muslims from entering the United States, including immigrants trying to escape death in the Syrian crisis.

President Trump on Friday closed the nation’s borders to refugees from around the world, ordering that families fleeing the slaughter in Syria be indefinitely blocked from entering the United States, and temporarily suspending immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries.

In an executive order that he said was part of an extreme vetting plan to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists,” Mr. Trump also established a religious test for refugees from Muslim nations: He ordered that Christians and others from minority religions be granted priority over Muslims.

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The Muslim ban is actually a Steve Bannon creation first reported in the book Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff and later confirmed by multiple Trump officials.

The President’s advisor Steve Bannon purposefully published the controversial order on a Friday so that it would cause the maximum possible disruption, according to the new Fire and Fury book detailing journalist Michael Wolff’s time in the White House…

But the new book suggests that it was specifically decided it would be signed on a Friday so that it would cause the most possible disruption at airports. The order was hastily signed in such a way that it even affected people who were flying into the country – who were then detained as they arrived, with little clarity on what would happen to them, on one of the most popular days for traveling.


As a result of the immigration ban, airports in the U.S. detain and hold all Muslims arriving in the country. The order requires airports to deport arrivals from Muslim countries, but a judge blocks further deportations the next day.

Airports outside of the U.S. are forced to stop Muslim people from boarding their flights, including U.S. citizens returning home from international visits. Americans are trapped abroad, away from home and from their families, for weeks or months.

Thousands of Americans protest the travel ban around the country on January 29, including in airports and outside the White House.


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