31 January 2017 Current Affairs: American President Donald Trump has signed an executive order on January 27, 2017 to temporarily ban visas for refugees belonging to seven Muslim-majority countries namelyIraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
The decision aims at protecting United States from the entry of foreign terrorists to keep the nation safe. The ban is not aimed at restricting Muslim countries from entering US.
As per the order, the travelers including legal permanent US residents residing in any of the seven mentioned countries would be prohibited from entering US for 90 days. Besides, refugee admission would also be banned for 120 days.
The ban is not limited to these 7 nations. A further expansion of the list may be done as per the order of the US president.
However, the ban would not apply to diplomats and members of international organizations.