President Donald Trump on Monday ordered a travel ban to “terrorists” and “extremists,” ordering that all travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries be blocked from entering the United States and all refugees be barred indefinitely.
The order applies to travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The White House says the ban does not apply to those traveling to the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium and the United Arab Emirates.
The travel ban applies to those from Syria and Iraq, the State Department said.
It says travelers from the seven countries “have been involved in or actively supporting terrorist activities.”
Here are the top five issues with the Trump travel ban: What it does: Trump’s order bans entry to the US by anyone from Iran or Iraq.
It does not specifically ban refugees or those from any of the seven Muslim majority countries.
However, the ban applies “to any individual who, on account of nationality, race, religion, membership in a particular social group, or membership in any political or ideological group, has engaged in or is actively supporting” terrorist activities.
Trump said he wants to see “those people who have committed horrendous acts of violence, and the people who would do such horrible things,” but it is not clear what exactly constitutes “terrorism.”
“We’re going to be looking at the people, the people that have committed the most horrendous acts,” he said.
“We are going to take a look at the countries, countries that are known to be harboring terrorists, but they are not necessarily the countries that we have to get into, because we have some other countries that need to get in.”
He did not say which countries, or who the countries were.
What it doesn’t do: Trump did not list specific countries.
His order does not prohibit entry to citizens of those seven countries, which is why some travelers from them have been detained at US airports.
What is happening: The White Senate and House of Representatives are expected to begin debating the measure on Monday.
Democrats and some Republicans are calling the ban a Muslim ban, saying it will discriminate against Muslims and put American lives at risk.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are expected later Monday to introduce a separate bill that would ban all Syrian refugees, a proposal that has broad support from civil liberties groups and religious groups.
Democrats also plan to introduce legislation aimed at blocking the implementation of the order.
What does it mean?
The White White House has not specified how the ban will affect US national security, and it has not yet been made public.
Trump has previously said he will ban people from Iran and Iraq on a case-by-case basis.
A State Department official told The Associated Press that the order applies “primarily to individuals who have been involved, actively supporting, or have been associated with terrorist organizations.”
The official said that the ban also applies to individuals from Syria, Libya and Somalia, but not the countries Trump cited.
Trump told The New York Times on Monday that the US should be able to determine “who is a terrorist” on a “case-by-.case basis” based on a list of “known and suspected terrorists.”
What it means: The State Department has not said how the travel ban will be implemented.
The State Dept. says that “any individual who has been involved or actively supported terrorist activities” is not covered by the ban, but it would be “particularly relevant” if those countries are “hosting individuals who are involved in terrorism or who are actively plotting attacks on US soil or elsewhere.”
Trump did mention Sudan in his remarks on Monday, but did not specify which country.
Sudan was the home of the 2011 ouster of longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir and the ongoing war between Sudanese troops and the country’s Arab-led rebels.
The Sudanese government has also been implicated in mass executions of alleged civilians in the country.
Trump also told The AP that the country should be allowed to “self-deport” its refugees, which it has been unable to do.
He did, however, say he would allow “a few” of those refugees to enter the US as refugees.
What happens next?
Trump will have 90 days to issue an executive order to implement the travel order.
If he fails to do so within that time frame, the president could take steps to rescind the order at any time.
If Trump does rescind the travel restriction, he would face a court challenge, including a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Trump administration is seeking to have the ban stay in place while it weighs a lawsuit.
But the White House said it will likely take weeks or months to complete the legal challenge and determine whether the travel restrictions are constitutional.
The ACLU said it is “encouraged” that Trump is taking “this unprecedented step to protect the American people.”
“While we are hopeful that the courts will ultimately uphold the constitutionality of the