Trump’s ban on people traveling to the U.S. shows a lack of knowledge about the different categories of travelers. The initial ban affected immigrants, refugees, green card holders, resident aliens and travelers with visas. The refugee hold affects not only the processing and arrival of people from Trump’s 7 Muslim-majority nations, but all refugees. The process people go through getting to the United States is difficult and time consuming. They are scrutinized by several agencies both in the US and outside of it. It is a difficult process to complete. Once the refugee arrives in the US they are met and settled by groups in the US. Trump would have you believe that the process is not thorough, but it is the most rigorous of all the refugee processing done. If you want to view the refugee processing you can see a chart at
Any changes he might make to the refugee processing would not have prevented the 9/11 attacks nor the other attacks that have occurred in the US. Those attacks were not committed by refugees. See information from CNN:
Understand that there is a large difference between immigrants and refugees. The number of immigrants to the US far exceeds the number of refugees each year. The number of refugees is capped by Congress and those numbers are made of people from around the globe. See “Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2017”, Proposed Ceilings, Table I
Heads of the agencies that were impacted by the order appeared to not have had time to review it or to determine how their agencies needed to react. Since some agencies (Border Control) need to act immediately. This lack of preparation caused confusion. If this was according to plan, the plan by Trump and his staff was not very well developed.
People in transit were stopped at various points on their journey. What plans were made for them? Nothing. They are just stuck. Trump indicates that they are fine since they haven’t entered or attempted to enter the US. Fine, stuck in some airport they can’t leave.
Since Trump stopped all refugee processing I wonder what would have happened to someone coming from Cuba? Before they leave Cuba they relinquish all documents related to their being from Cuba and essentially become stateless. They can NOT return to Cuba.