New York [USA]: U.S President Donald Trump has signed two executive actions, including one limiting the flow of refugees into the country by instituting “extreme vetting” of immigrants.
The executive order is titled “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States”.
“I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America,” the CNN quoted Trump as saying during the signing at the Pentagon after the swearing-in of Defence Secretary James Mattis.
He added, “We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.”
At the Pentagon, Trump met with Mattis, Vice President Mike Pence, Security Adviser Mike Flynn and military officials to discuss accelerating the defeat of ISIS, confronting global threats like North Korea, military readiness and the National Guard.
Trump also signed a second executive action on Friday that would spur military spending.
The President added that the executive action instructs Mattis to begin “developing a plan for new planes, new ships, new resources and new tools for our men and women in uniform.”
According to drafts, the order bars all persons from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen from entering the United States for 30 days and suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days until it is reinstated “only for nationals of countries for whom” members of Trump’s Cabinet deem can be properly vetted.
The total number of refugees admitted into the United States would also be capped during the 2017 fiscal year at 50,000, down more than half from the current level of 1, 10,000.
The White House has not yet released the official text of the executive actions. (ANI)