On Friday, President Donald Trump issued a nationwide travel ban targeting more than 50 countries and people from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen.
But while some people in Florida are outraged, others are cheering the new policy.
The president signed the order Friday afternoon, which will temporarily suspend the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and any visas granted to anyone on U.K. or European passports, and bars entry to people from Iran, Libya and Somalia for 90 days.
Trump’s new policy is the latest twist in his long-running feud with Florida.
Trump was supposed to hold a rally in Pensacola Saturday to celebrate the signing of the order.
Instead, he turned it into a rally for his own supporters, who had been protesting the president’s travel ban in Pensadillo for weeks.
At the rally, Trump called on the crowds to keep the protest going, and even threatened to cut off their free flights.
“We’re going to keep on protesting until we get what we want,” he said.
“I’m going to be standing here with all of you and you’re going the extra mile.”
But some Florida residents were surprised when they heard about the new travel ban, saying it was a first for the Sunshine State.
“For the first time in Florida, it was more about politics than about what’s right and wrong,” said Marlene Hirsch, a former state representative.
“This is the first step toward making Florida a more conservative state.”
Trump’s executive order, signed Friday night, is the second to target the travel ban since his inauguration, and is just the latest move to restrict travel to the U!s biggest state.
It has sparked protests, a backlash from international businesses, and criticism from Florida residents.
But while the new ban has prompted widespread outrage, some Floridians are glad to see the ban is back on the books, especially those who have lived in the Sunshine state for years.
“I’m proud of Florida,” said Hirsch.
“That’s why we are proud of our history, and I’m proud that we are going to honor that history.”
Florida, a Republican-controlled state, has a large population of Muslim Americans and immigrants, and it’s home to the largest Muslim population in the country.
But it’s also a large place with a strong and vibrant culture and history.
“Florida is a state that was very much a place of opportunity,” said Ibrahim Khan, a Florida State University professor of political science.
“There were opportunities for the immigrant community and the immigrants, the Hispanics, to thrive.”
The state also has been a hotbed of conservative activism and political activism in recent years, said Khan.
That’s because many people here came from the Middle East or other places where there was a strong anti-American sentiment.
“If you think of the first part of the immigration debate, it wasn’t because of the United States, it’s because of countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia or Syria,” Khan said.
But some Floridian immigrants say that despite the travel bans, they’re grateful for the opportunities they’ve had.
“People here are so proud of their history,” said Shami Chakrabarti, a Floridian who’s been living in Miami since 2000.
“And it’s a proud place to be a Floridian.”
The new travel bans are not the only travel restrictions in Florida.
The state has also taken steps to tighten immigration enforcement.
The Department of Homeland Security announced Friday that it will begin taking the names of undocumented immigrants convicted of felonies or other crimes and those with “serious” misdemeanors, which could include being a driver, a drug dealer, or a parolee, and will be able to request information about their immigration status and criminal records.
The new policy will also require local law enforcement to notify ICE if an undocumented immigrant is in the U, even if he or she is not in jail.ICE says it will also start to use fingerprinting technology and fingerprinting devices at airports to catch people traveling without proper identification documents.
It also said it will create a “detainer” system to expedite the processing of immigrants who’ve been arrested, who don’t have legal representation and who are wanted for deportation.
In response to the travel order, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said Friday she is reviewing how to handle cases where someone was denied a visa based on a conviction for a misdemeanor or felony offense, and she’s considering ways to expand the number of people who can apply for visas from abroad.
“The president has made clear that the president believes the U., as a nation, needs to be open to people who want to come to the United Sates and the United Kingdom and other countries,” Bondi told reporters.
“He is going out there with this very, very