Kane In Your Corner: President Trump’s executive order restricting entry into US explained
President Donald Trump's recent executive order restricting travel into the United States has caused a lot of controversy since he signed it Friday.
Protests broke out at airports soon after the president signed the order, which kept citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. A growing number of Republican lawmakers have also come out against the order.
However, Trump defended the order Monday as necessary to keep America safe. Many of his supporters agree.
Kane In Your Corner breaks down some of the key questions about the travel restrictions.
IS IT A PERMANENT BAN?
Technically it is a moratorium, which means it is a temporary ban. The order stops all travel into the U.S. for 90 days from the seven mostly Muslim countries. It also blocks refugees from entering the country for 120 days.
IF IT'S ONLY TEMPORARY, WHY THE PROTESTS?
The issue with the executive order is that it took effect immediately. Immigrants who were on flights in the air when the order was signed were detained when they landed or sent back to their home countries.
The order also originally applied to people who had green cards and were legally allowed to be in the U.S. The White House backed down on that aspect after it was challenged in court.
WHY THOSE SEVEN COUNTRIES?
The executive order affects people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. All of these countries do have a lot of extremist activity, but no one from these countries has pulled off a fatal terrorist attack in the U.S. in more than 40 years.
So where did the terrorists who have attacked America come from? Almost all came from three countries: Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Those countries are not covered by the order.
The reason why the order covers countries whose citizens have not attacked the U.S. instead of countries where attackers have come from depends on who you believe.
The White House says that Trump did not choose those particular countries himself. In the executive order, Trump only mentions Syria by name. He does not name the other countries.
The other countries are on the list because they also appeared on another list originally compiled during the Obama administration.
But some believe that Trump had personal motives for leaving out countries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, where the Sept. 11 attackers came from. Trump has no business interests in the countries where the travel ban applies, but in the three other countries, he has lots of investments, including hotels and golf courses.
That has some wondering if the ban is about protecting America or also about protecting the president's own financial interests.
The full executive order can be found on the White House's webpage.