How did Trump pass the immigration ban?

Nina Doody

Trump had only been in office for a few days days before he signed an executive order suspending immigration from seven countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia for 90 days. With strong reactions and protests against this new ban on immigration, many wonder how President Trump passed this ban on immigration.

The President has some power to restrict immigration without approval from Congress. To justify his order, Trump quoted a 1952 immigration law that allows the President to bar immigrants from entering the country if he considers it “detrimental to the interests of the United States.”

After Trump signed this ban it was sent to the department of Homeland Security for a legal analysis. The ban was seen in its final stages before it was finalized by John Kelly who is the secretary of the Department of Homeland and Security.
Many people argue that this ban is against the constitution as religious discrimination. Several states spoke up against this ban, but Washington State was the first to file a lawsuit against it.  The ban has since been suspended. (See “State of Washington is first to sue over President Trump’s travel ban.”) Mr. Trump has pledged to fight to reinstate it.