The US Immigration Freeze: Two Responses

Iran

Source: El Jazeera, January 29

Iran’s Foreign Minister 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.

Zarif’s statement followed an announcement that Iran is taking “reciprocal measures,” deferring the issuance of visas to US passport holders. He said that Trump’s decision “shows baselessness of the US claims of friendship with the Iranian people.”

UK Labour Party

Source: The Guardian January 29

Jeremy Corbyn has told Theresa May she would be “failing the British people” if she did not cancel Donald Trump’s state visit in the wake of the US president’s ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US. Corbyn told The Guardian the summer visit should be called off if Trump’s indefinite ban on Syrian refugees remained in place, even if time-limited restrictions put in place had lapsed by then.

“Donald Trump should not be welcomed to Britain while he abuses our shared values with his shameful Muslim ban and attacks on refugees’ and women’s rights,” he said. “Theresa May would be failing the British people if she does not postpone the state visit and condemn Trump’s actions in the clearest terms. That’s what Britain expects and deserves.”

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