Trump's immigration ban sends shockwaves

Trump's immigration ban sends shockwaves

US President Donald Trump's seismic move to ban more than 130 million people from the United States and to deny entry to all refugees reverberated worldwide Saturday, as chaos and confusion rippled through US airports, American law enforcement agencies and foreign countries trying to grasp Washington's new policy.

Trump's executive order bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days, CNN writes.

Protesters converged on at least eight major US airports, demonstrating against the policy, which critics see as a Muslim ban, and other White House actions. Protests are scheduled Sunday in Orlando, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Washington and Chicago, mostly at airports.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said US President Donald Trump's decision to ban arrivals from seven Muslim-majority countries was "a great gift to extremists", as Tehran takes retaliatory action on US passport holders, Al Jazeera reports.

"Collective discrimination aids terrorist recruitment by deepening faultlines exploited by extremist demagogues to swell their ranks, Zarif posted on Twitter early on Sunday. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook has joined the chorus of voices that's rising up to protest US President Donald Trump's executive order that closes the States to immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries. "I've heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday," Cook wrote in a memo sent to Apple employees worldwide, CNET reports. "I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday also voiced opposition to President Donald Trump’s decision “The chancellor regrets the U.S. government’s entry ban against refugees and citizens of certain countries,” Merkel’s spokesman said in a statement, The Wall Street Journal writes.