A ban on travel from several Muslim-majority countries to the United States is set to go into effect on March 7, making it the first major global travel ban since President Donald Trump issued a travel ban targeting citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
A total of 15 countries have already been blocked from entering the US.
The move comes after the Trump administration ordered the closure of US airports in six predominantly Muslim countries – Chad, Iran, Libya and Syria – amid reports of terror attacks by the groups.
The United States says the move will help prevent the spread of terror and violence, but critics argue it will further erode the US’ relationship with its largest and most vulnerable Muslim-American community.
President Trump announced the travel ban on Twitter in September and signed it into law in March.
“We must keep America safe and secure.
We will not allow terrorism to threaten our way of life or to destroy the fabric of our country,” Trump said in the signing ceremony.
President Donald Trump’s executive order to suspend entry of immigrants from seven Muslim-dominated countries to US was announced in September, but was blocked by a federal court on February 14, 2019.
Read more about travel ban A temporary stay was granted by the courts to allow US nationals to enter the country, but this was cancelled in late March, and a new stay has been issued for March 8, 2019, after an appeals court ruled that the temporary stay should expire.
The order also said the travel bans will not apply to people from Syria, Iraq or Sudan.
Trump said in January that the order would “take some of the strain off of the airports” and that he was “very happy” with how the courts and Congress handled the case.
He signed the order in the Rose Garden with US Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the White House on March 5, and the move was seen as a boost for Trump’s administration.
“There is a tremendous amount of support for the president and the administration from a wide range of constituencies in the United State, and there are many people in the Muslim community who support this,” said Ibrahim Hooper, an American University law professor and the director of the Institute for Muslim and Arab American Studies at the university.
“The fact that this order has passed the Supreme Court, and is being challenged, is a very positive development, and that’s why it is a major victory.”
‘We need to get our act together’In the United Kingdom, where Trump is due to visit later on Thursday, the prime minister, Theresa May, has said she will not travel to the US until the travel restrictions are lifted.
In New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she had been told by senior White House officials that her country would be spared from the ban.
Ardern, who was re-elected last week, had initially said she was not in a position to travel to America to meet with Trump and others.
“We need a lot of work done in New Zealand and around the world.
We need to have a sense of unity, a sense that we’re all in this together, and this is our shared destiny,” she said.
“It is not just about America.
It is about the world.”
The United Nations has said the ban could have serious consequences, with many people unable to visit their relatives in the US and affected by travel restrictions.
There is also concern about the impact of the travel suspension on children who have grown up in the UK, and could therefore face restrictions as well.
Read more: In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, there were calls to temporarily suspend travel from Iran, Somalia and Sudan, which are not covered by the travel restriction.
However, the US government has rejected this proposal, arguing the US has an obligation to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the countries affected by the order.
Trump’s executive orders have been a thorny issue for the Whitehouse.
His predecessor Barack Obama was one of the first presidents to use the travel order to impose travel restrictions on foreign visitors to the country.
More than 100 countries, including many European countries, have either revoked their travel bans or imposed new restrictions on the US, with more than 300,000 people barred from entering for the first time since Trump took office.
Since the first travel ban was signed, several US states have seen an influx of people from those countries seeking asylum.
Many of those arriving in the country say they fear persecution because of their religious or political beliefs, while others say they are fleeing economic hardship and have been unable to find work.