President Donald Trump has ordered a four-month ban on all refugees entering the US. He also singled out refugees from Syria as barred from entering the country indefinitely, or until he himself decides they are allowed in.
No visas will be issued to immigrants from seven mainly-Muslim nations including Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days.
“I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. Don’t want them here,” Trump said earlier on Friday at the Pentagon.
“We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people,” he said.
There were reports of Syrian families who have spent up to two years being vetted for a visa left stranded at the airport having sold all their possessions.