One day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order restricting entry into the U.S., more details about how it might impact people who live in America is coming out.
Broadly speaking, the order puts a 90-day halt on persons from certain countries from entering the U.S. The countries affected are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen – all of which are majority-Muslim countries. Syrian refugees are also explicitly banned from coming to the U.S. indefinitely.
In the order (full text here), there's an exception for people with certain diplomatic visas. What's not in the order is an exemption for legal permanent U.S. residents (green card holders) who travel abroad.
As ProPublica noted, a Trump spokesperson confirmed Saturday that if a green card holder from one of those countries travels overseas, they won't be allowed back into the U.S. during this 90-day ban. People in the U.S. on temporary but long-term student or employment visas could face similar restrictions.
The Department of Homeland Security estimated that, in 2012, there were 13.3 million green card holders in the U.S. And locally, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities had 6,692 students enrolled in the fall from a foreign country.
People are already being stopped
The new rules are already being enforced.
The New York Times has a list of people affected, including "an Iranian scientist headed to a lab in Boston, an Iraqi who had worked as an interpreter for the United States Army, and a Syrian refugee family headed to a new life in Ohio."
Students that go to American universities, and are returning after traveling abroad, have also reported being stopped before flying. Refugees in the air at the time the order was signed landed, only to be detained, the New York Times says.
And The Guardian explains people working with NGOs or on human rights campaigns in those countries are worried they won't be allowed back into the U.S.
Two Iraqis have filed a lawsuit already against the U.S. government, CNN reports, after they were detained at a New York airport Friday. Both had been granted visas to enter the United States.
At MSP Airport, people are planning a peaceful gathering Saturday evening to show their support for immigrants and refugees. Details are here.
Reactions from more Minnesota lawmakers
A few of Minnesota's lawmakers have put reactions to Trump's order online.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, wrote on Facebook that she supports thorough vetting, but is worried about prohibiting entire populations from coming here just because of the country they're from.
"In Minnesota, we are proud to have the largest Somali, Liberian and Oromo populations in the U.S. as well as the second largest Hmong population," she wrote. "Our refugees have often fled desperate and dangerous situations, and, as legal workers, have been an important part of the economy in Minnesota and across the country."
Fellow Democrat, Rep. Keith Ellison, said on Facebook it "runs contrary to everything we cherish about America."
He argues it will threaten the lives of thousands of refugees trying to escape violence, undermine America's credibility worldwide, and make it harder to fight extremists since many of them "frame the conflict as a religious war between Christianity and Islam." (Trump has said Christian refugees will be prioritized, USA Today reports.)
Later Saturday, Ellison called for people to get active and organized and involved, and called for "mass rallies" around the country, the Washington Post reported.
And state Reo. Ilhan Omar – the first Somali-American to be elected to a state legislature – announced a rally at her office Sunday, and added this:
The original story from Jan. 27, 2017, is below.
Trump's order is not the blanket ban on Muslims that he advocated for during his campaign, but it does limit immigrants coming into the country from several different muslim nations.
According to CNN, the "Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States," bars all persons from certain terror-prone countries from entering the country for 90 days and suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days.
The countries impacted by the order are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.
"We don't want to admit into our country the very threats we are fighting overseas," Trump said before signing the measure Friday.
Trump's order is creating some concern in Minnesota.
While the exact amount of immigrants of Somalian-descent living Minnesota isn't known, the Minnesota State Demographer's Office estimated it between 40,200 and 52,400 in a St. Cloud Times report.
"It's kind of scary for me because in the future, I want to have my brothers and sisters come over here," Qadar Abdi, a college student and U.S. citizen, told MPR News. "I don't think it might happen."
Another concern for many is that Trump's order also cancels the Visa Interview Waiver Program, which allowed repeat travelers to the United States to forgo an in-person interview and renew their visa.
Abdi tells MPR that he's fearful the orders could lead to more permanent changes down the road.