According to Reuters, President Trump is expected to take executive action on immigration to the U.S., which includes restrictions on U.S. visas and refugees from seven countries.
Reuters reports that visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, and Libya are the countries that will be primarily affected.
CNN analyst Juliette Kayyem says the Department of Homeland Security is currently considering “ending Syrian refugee program and a suspension of Muslim majority country visas.”
Many see the move as Trump making good on his campaign promise to implement “extreme vetting” of Muslim immigrants.
“From a legal standpoint, it would be exactly within his legal rights,” former chief counsel at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Stephen Legomsky said. “But from a policy standpoint it would be terrible idea because there is such an urgent humanitarian need right now for refugees.”
On the campaign trail, Trump initially proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, which he said would protect Americans from jihadist attacks. Many Trump supporters decried former President Barack Obama’s decision to increase the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States over fears that those fleeing the country’s civil war would carry out attacks.
Both Trump and his nominee for attorney general, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, have since said they would focus the restrictions on countries whose emigres could pose a threat rather than placing a ban on people who follow a specific religion.
To enforce the order, Trump is likely to put a hold on visas being issued to people from the seven countries, as well as instructing border agencies to bar any current visa holders from entering into the U.S.
He’s expected to sign the executive action this Wednesday.