Travellers ‘turned away’ after Trump visa halt

Passengers have been barred from flights into the US and visa holders refused entry after Donald Trump imposed strict new controls on travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations.The US President who had promised the measures - called “extreme vetting” - during last year’s election campaign, said he was making America safe from “radical Islamic terrorists” as he signed the executive order on Friday. The decree means no visas will be issued for 90 days to migrants or visitors from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. However, within hours campaigners said that there had been reports of many green card holders and visa holders being denied permission to enter the country.

We are inundated with calls and questions of how this is going to affect people.

Jamal Abdi from the National Iranian American Council

Google urged about 100 employees to return as soon as possible from abroad as they could be affected. Cairo airport officials said six Iraqis and a Yemeni had been barred from an EgyptAir flight to New York following the order. An Iraqi journalist living in the US, Mohammed al-Rawi, posted on Facebook that his father had been turned away from a Los Angeles-bound flight in Qatar.

'Extreme vetting’ is just a euphemism for discriminating against Muslims.

Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union