Donald Trump’s executive order to close America’s borders to refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries has been swiftly enforced. The order blocks to the US from citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya for 90 days and as well as indefinitely suspending admission of Syrian refugees.
The 45th president of the US also had a big day as he took phone calls from major world leaders including the Russian president Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile Theresa May has met with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and a joint press conference was held.
Here’s a round up of the key events of the day:
- Criticism for his “muslim ban” came in from all quarters including Madeline Albright, the former US secretary of state, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani campaigner for girls’ education and Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg.
- We received the first reports of arrivals blocked at US airports.
- The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) described the executive order as worse than a draft form that had been leaked earlier in the week.
- Twelve nobel laureates are among thousands of signatories to a petition calling on Trump to renounce the order.
- A legal challenge has been filed against Donald Trump’s executive order by lawyers representing two Iraqi refugees.
- Theresa May and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have signed a £100m commitment to build new fighter jets.
- May refused to condemn Trump refugee ban when pressed on the issue by journalists at a joint press conference.
- People holding so-called green cards, making them legal permanent US residents, are included in the executive action.
- Iran vowed to take reciprocal action to Trump barring its citizens from entering the US.
- Trump spoke to Angela Merkel, the German chancellor and Russian president Vladamir Putin.
- We spoke to travellers who had been turned away from flights, and those who don’t know when they will see their families again