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Analyzing Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigration law




US President Donald Trump speaks to the staff at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2017.
US President Donald Trump speaks to the staff at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2017.
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Multiple news outlets report the President will soon sign an executive order revamping and limiting refugee admissions and legal immigration.

The order calls for an immediate moratorium on immigration from several Muslim-dominant countries - Syria, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan. The 30-day halt would allow the government to tighten its screening process. As for those seeking refugee status, the order would block all refugees for at least 120 days.

Syrian refugees would face an indefinite ban. The overall number of refugees accepted into the country would be cut in half, to 50-thousand this year.

Guests: 

Ted Hesson, reporter for POLITICO PRO who covers immigration and labor

Kathleen Newland, senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, a research organization dedicated to the analysis of migration trends

Mark Krikorian, executive director at the Center for Immigration Studies; he tweets @MarkSKrikorian