Friday 19 January 2018

Trump defiant on Muslim travel ban

US President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
US President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

US President Donald Trump is standing firm over his controversial Muslim travel ban, which has provoked international condemnation.

His new policy prompted worldwide protests and caused chaos at airports with flights to the United States.

Denying it is a Muslim ban, Mr Trump says he will lift the restrictions when the threat is lifted.

And the US immigration visa clearance facilities at Dublin and Shannon airports will be reviewed in the wake of the ban.

A Cabinet minister says we will have to be prepared to withdraw permission for US immigration officers to operate in Irish airports in light of the ban.

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone, who is a US native, is demanding a review of legal implications for Ireland of Mr Trump's executive order which prevents travellers and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries gaining entry to the US.

The American Embassy in Dublin has warned even Irish passport holders, who also claim nationality in one of the seven countries, will be turned away.

However, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnston last night revealed that a special deal had been agreed for British dual passport holders.

And concerns are now being expressed for undocumented Irish emigrants in the US.

Irish Independent

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