What you need to know about Trump's refugee ban

Posted at 9:35 PM, Jan 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-30 23:23:44-05

A lot of questions surround President Trump's refugee ban executive order, so we asked an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Marquette University to help break it down.

"It seems like this order didn't go through the normal vetting process that Executive Orders go through," said Marquette Assistant Political Science Professor Paul Nolette.

Professor Nolette said it appears Trump's draft didn't make it to a couple desks that executive orders typically land on.

"One is known as the Office of Management and Budget, and so they deal with a lot of financial issues; and then also to the Department of Justice to look to see if it complies with legal regulations and court cases and such."

He said this might be why there are so many questions.

"How broad is this order?  Does it apply to for instance green card holders? Number two, is it ultimately constitutional?.... And then thirdly is this going to be it for Executive Orders or is there going to be more Executive Orders dealing with immigration that build on this one and then maybe even go beyond it?"

Trump's executive order suspended the U.S. refugee program for 120 days and it imposed a 90 day ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. 

"Those 7 countries that are majority Muslim countries that have been associated with international terrorism ...those countries had been designated by the Obama administration as counties in which international terrorism was a problem and potentially could be subject to additional limitations when coming into the country.... Pieces of the program have existed during the Obama administration, but you see the full implementation of this during the Trump administration," said Nolette.

The executive order does not target illegal immigrants already living in the U.S.

"This order doesn't effect them directly, but it could be a sign of future executive orders that do affect them directly," Nolette said. 

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