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Donald Trump hails immigration ban as passengers turned back from US-bound flights

Donald Trump hails immigration ban as passengers turned back from US-bound flights

US President Donald Trump on Friday put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travellers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries, saying the moves would help protect Americans from terrorist attacks.

“The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater and the US resettlement program is one of the most important in the world,” the two Geneva-based agencies said in a joint statement.

Mr Trump stopped the entry of travellers from Syria and the six other nations — Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — for at least 90 days, saying his administration needed time to develop more stringent screening processes for refugees, immigrants and visitors.

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