I suppose I should take solace in that the new policy has an immediate impact on a relatively small group. Only about 90,000 visas were issued to the impacted countries last year so maybe the numbers is a half million or so; the details are not entirely clear). But I cannot. Because the real impact is so very, very much larger than that. It affects me. It probably affects you. Maybe not directly and immediately. But it absolutely does.
— Abed A. Ayoub (@aayoub) January 27, 2017
Earlier this afternoon an Executive Order was signed banning citizens of seven countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – from entering the United States for at least a 30-day period, even if a legal permanent resident of in possession of a valid visa. The 30-day period is contingent on the affected countries delivering significant information about their citizens to the US government. Even if they wanted to (which they almost certainly do not and should not) these countries generally do not have the necessary diplomatic relations with the US to deliver such. And the US has no ambassadors on station so negotiating that won’t work very well.
Confirmed: Visa orders from the listed countries have been denied boarding their flights back to the US. #MuslimBan
— Abed A. Ayoub (@aayoub) January 28, 2017
The order took effect immediately, with confirmation that affected travelers are being denied boarding at airports. US residents attempting to return to their homes are being denied.
The order also suspends the Visa Interview Waiver program. This will dramatically increase the time and effort required for people in more than 100 countries around the world to receive a visa to visit or work in the United States. And I expect that reciprocity is coming. That means increased challenges for US passport holders to visit other countries. That’s speculation, of course, but we’ve seen it in action many times before. US visitors to Chile were saddled with a reciprocity fee right up until the US relaxed immigration policies for Chileans to visit. Conversations had started with Brazil about similar changes and the visa rules there relaxed. With this reversal to isolationist policies it will not be too surprising to me to see other countries counter with tougher requirements.
Trump order begins by invoking 9/11 three times
9/11 hijackers were from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE & Lebanon
None of those countries banned pic.twitter.com/WaRyiBZ1S0
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) January 28, 2017
Also consider that the 7 listed countries are just a start. More could be added at any time, without debate or recourse.
And even if the reciprocity problem wasn’t there it would still affect me. These are people who live and work in our cities. THey pay taxes and help build our country up. Now they’re being vilified in attempts to tear it down.
Oh, and the racist schmucks chose to implement it on Holocaust Remembrance Day. That’s not irony; it is just plain awful.
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