United States President Donald Trump is expected to sign a number of executive orders on Wednesday. The executive orders will restrict immigration from several countries, including Syria. The news come from experts on the matter.
Trump’s orders could not only restrict access from Syria but also for most refugees looking to move to the United States. The orders could make the visa process in those countries more difficult or even stop visa holders from entering the country. Iran, Libya and Somalia could be some of the countries included in the executive orders on immigration. The order for these countries could block visas from being issued there.
The executive orders that could restrict access for refugees will probably suspend the process until the US changes the requirements. Stephen Legomsky, an expert on US immigration services in the Obama administration, spoke about the executive orders and said the president has the authority to limit refugee admissions. He also added that the president can stop visas from being issued. He says from a legal standpoint, it would be exactly within his legal rights.
Earlier today, it was rumored that Donald Trump would sign the executive orders on Thursday but it is now being reported that it will be on Wednesday. The president is expected to sign the executive orders at the headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed executive orders to revive the construction of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. During his presidential campaign, Trump proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US. He explained that the ban would protect the country from attacks. Several news sites later reported that his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country disappeared from his campaign website. But the executive orders expected to be signed on Wednesday could restrict access and even block visas from being issued in countries such as Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Iraq and Libya.
Former US President Barack Obama decided to increase the number of refugees admitted by the country last year. In August 2016, the US admitted its 10,000th Syrian refugee, reaching Obama’s goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016. The news on the executive order come just days after Obama ended an immigration policy created in 1995. The wet foot, dry foot policy, which helped Cubans become legal residents one year after entering the US, ended on January 12.