The executive order doesn’t specifically say “Islam” or “Muslim,” but it does block anyone from Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Iran, and Iraq from entering the US for the next 90 days. The order also suspends the U.S. Refugee Admission program for an estimated 4 months.
Some critics say that the Muslim ban will hurt more than help contending that the U.S. will need Muslim allies.
President Donald Trump in a statement contends that his executive order “is not a Muslim ban,” which is contradicting what protesters have labeled it.
During Trump’s Presidential campaign, he said on many occasions that he would temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the US.
Trump compared his executive order to President Barack Obama’s 2011 order in which Obama stopped processing Iraqi refugee application for six months. Many protesters suggest that this is different from Trump’s order in one major way: Obama’s order applied to refugees only — not tourists and other potential immigrants, both of whom are covered by Trump’s order.