Dr Ali Ahmad
Barack Obama issued them modestly; Donald Trump issued four in his first week of presidency;executive orders are a major instrument for any US president to wield tremendous influence on government policy.
Executive Order is a written order issued by the president to the federal government which does not require congressional approval.
US President Donald Trump signed on 27 January 2017 an executive order banning entry into the USA by immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim countries–Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
The executive order has raised serious questions about whether the USA is targeting religion in the garb of a new security regulation. The order has therefore not only sent ripples of protests across the United States but it has also drawn condemnation from the wider world.
Within the USA, acting Attorney General Sally Yates dubbed the executive order illegal and was consequently terminated by the president from her employment. She has now been nominated for John F Kennedy Courage Award —-the nation’s most prestigious award.
Tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty tonight as a grand tradition of America, welcoming immigrants, that has existed since America was founded has been stomped upon,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer remarked in a statement. “Taking in immigrants and refugees is not only humanitarian but has also boosted our economy and created jobs decade after decade. This is one of the most backward and nasty executive orders that the president has issued.”
World leaders and prominent figures have also blasted US President Donald Trump for issuing the ban.
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson described the ban as “divisive and wrong,” whilst London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the move was “shameful and cruel.” Their comments came two days after Prime Minister Theresa May became the first foreign leader to officially meet with Trump. Theresa May and Trump had celebrated their countries’ “special relationship” and just hours later the order was signed. May came under pressure from MPs to condemn the ban.She eventually put out a statement saying her government did “not agree” with it, but said immigration was “a matter for the government of the United States.”
France Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that welcoming refugees was “a duty of solidarity.” He said on Twitter “terrorism doesn’t have a nationality; discrimination is not an answer.”
Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “The necessary and decisive fight against terrorism in no way justifies a general suspicion against people of certain beliefs, in this case people of the Muslim faith or from a certain origin.These actions, according to my beliefs, are against the core idea of international aid for refugees and international cooperation.”
Turkey Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Twitter. “We’d happily welcome global talent not allowed back into the USA”.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the importance of welcoming refugees, without explicitly referring to Trump’s executive order. He said that those fleeing persecution, terror and war were welcome.
Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar denounced the travel ban, saying it won’t affect terrorists. Instead, it will “increase the miseries of victims of terrorism.” He added “The worst sufferers of terrorism are Muslims, and they have given the most sacrifices against this scourge.”.
The government of Saudi Arabia has not publicly taken a position but it’s national airline, Saudi Airlines, has issued a statement. The statement said citizens from the seven affected countries “will not be permitted to travel with Saudi Airlines. Citizens with diplomatic visas or who work for international organizations and hold valid visas are an exception.”
Australia, on the other hand, is one of the few countries to voice support for the ban. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said “It is vital that every nation is able to control who comes across its borders.”