More than half of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll oppose the executive order President Donald Trump signed last Friday that suspends admission to the United States of all refugees for 120 days and blocks for 90 days the entry of any citizen from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. All are predominantly Muslim countries.
Trump’s action prompted demonstrations at airports around the country and a number of legal challenges. Saturday night, a federal judge issued an emergency stay preventing some deportations under the order.
The 90-day ban originally applied even to citizens of those seven countries who hold U.S. green cards. But over the weekend the administration revised the policy to exempt green-card holders.
In signing the order, Trump said the action was necessary to keep “radical Islamic terrorists” out of the country. Responding to those who opposed his action, the president later said “this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion—this is about terror and keeping our country safe.”
Critics argue, however, that the order is discriminatory, targeting Muslim-majority nations. Some noted that it excludes Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries where the Trump Organization has done business. Those voicing opposition include leaders of major tech companies.
Locally, Rochester Institute of Technology issued a statement saying students from more than 100 countries worldwide are currently enrolled in the university including 45 from the seven countries listed in the executive order. It “informally advised” those students to not make any travel plans to leave the United States in the next month.
In a message posted on the University of Rochester website, Jane Gatewood, vice provost for global engagement, expressed “continued support to our international students, scholars, employees, and patients, as well as for our international collaboration and engagement.” She also noted that UR’s Department of Public Safety “will not detain (arrest), seek out, or assist in deporting a University student or employee solely on the basis of immigration status.”
Among Snap Poll respondents who identified themselves as Republicans, 67 percent support Trump’s executive order; by contrast, 87 percent of Democrats oppose the order. Non-affiliated readers—the plurality of poll participants—were aligned exactly with the overall results: 57 percent opposed and 43 percent in favor.
Roughly 1,480 readers participated in this week’s Snap Poll, which was conducted Jan. 30 and 31.
Do you support or oppose President Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigration?
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