01/30/2017, 09.42
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Demonstrations and criticism worldwide against Trump’s anti-immigrant decree

From 27 January, for at least three months entry forbidden to travelers from Yemen, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Iraq. All refugee reception programs blocked for 120 days. Protests at the White House and the US airports. Iran: Trump’s choice "is a great gift to the extremists." Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate: America is turning its back on its past as a shelter for refugees and migrants.


Washington (AsiaNews) - An avalanche of criticism and protests at home and abroad marked last weekend in response to the executive decree signed on January 27 by President Donald Trump with closing borders for three months to all travelers from seven countries and for 120 days to all refugees.

The decree prohibits travelers from Yemen, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Iraq to enter American territory for three months.

Until two days ago it seemed that the decree would even include "green card" holders (people with permanent resident visas), but then the green light was given yesterday to these.

Trump was immediately defended himself from the criticism of those who accuse him of having banned the "Muslim countries". He says that the affected countries are "dangerous" and notes that 49 other Muslim countries are not affected by the decree. But critics point out that the list of "dangerous" countries does not include Saudi Arabia, UAE, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the countries of origin of the authors of the recent 2016 bombings.

Thousands of protesters gathered outside the White House, in some airports in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco (see photo). They all criticized the closure of borders sought by the President as unworthy of America. Some prosecutors in New York, California and Pennsylvania have decided to fight against this "unconstitutional decree" and several judges have already secured the release of some emigrants who had been stopped at airports and risked imprisonment or deportation.

Many airlines worldwide now no longer issue tickets for people of the banned countries, even if they have a valid visa for the US.

Several politicians of Europe have criticized the Trump administration. These would include Britain, Germany, France and Italy. The White House nobody has replied that the decree aims to prevent terrorist attacks in the USA similar to those in Paris, Brussels and Berlin.

Iran - which reports many nationals stranded in US airports -  has announced that it will apply similar measures towards the United States. President Hassan Rouhani stated that "Today is not the time to build walls between nations. The US leaders have forgotten that a few years ago even the Berlin Wall collapsed. Walls between peoples should be abolished ". The Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has however noted that Trump’s choice "is a great gift to the extremists."

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Arrmanatha Nasir, said he was "deeply sorry" for the American move. "We think - he added - that it WILL negatively affect the global fight against terrorism and the treatment of refugees".

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that "we will not solve the problem of refugees by raising the walls."

The young Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Laureate, said it is heartbreaking “that America is turning its back on a proud history of welcoming refugees and immigrants".

The Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit for his mouth said he felt "deep concern" about the Trump choices. The new regulations " “are unjustified restrictions on the entry of citizens of several Arab nations to the US, in addition to the consequences of suspending the acceptance of Syrian refugees".

He hoped that the US administration would "reconsider its position in view of the negative consequences they can bring in the care for the unity of the human family and for the continuation of dialogue between Arab society and American society."

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