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Trump signs order to bar some refugees; signals prioritizing Syrian Christians

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 01:34

President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order that will limit immigration and refugees from some Muslim-majority countries and he separately said he wanted the United States to give priority to Syrian Christians fleeing the civil war there. Nathan Frandino reports.

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"And this is the protection of the nation from foreign terrorists' entry" U.S. President Donald Trump fulfilling another campaign pledge with the latest in a torrent of executive orders: launching what he calls "extreme vetting" for anyone coming to the United States in a bid to fight terrorism . (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "I'm establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. We don't want 'em here," The new order suspends entry of Syrian refugees until further notice, and suspends the U.S. refugee admissions program for 120 days. After those 120 days, refugee claims will be prioritized on the basis of religious-based persecution of minority groups. Trump had earlier said Syrian Christians will be given priority when it comes to applying for refugee status, but legal experts said singling out a particular religion could be challenged as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Trump signing the order at the Pentagon Friday after a swearing-in ceremony for Defense Secretary James Mattis. Trump said the measure is to protect the country from foreign threats. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas." Trump also signing an executive order he says would begin the rebuilding of the U.S. military... which he says has become dangerously depleted.

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Trump signs order to bar some refugees; signals prioritizing Syrian Christians

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 01:34