Seven Islamic countries on Trump’s list of travellers barred from US
President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning entry of nationals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia and has also suspended the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days.
The travel ban includes people holding green card and valid visas, sparking widespread condemnation across the world. Many large corporations and organisations have denounced the move, saying they rely on employees from all over the globe.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg joined the chorus of condemnation over the move, saying “the United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that”.
Conference organisers have also been taken off-guard, with some speakers and delegates now unable to travel into the US.
Peter Strong, chief executive of the Council of Small Business Australia, has called on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Human Rights Commission to help clarify the ban on Muslim travellers to the US.
“At first glance, this will put employers and employees stuck between a rock and a hard place,” Strong said.
“Employers are not allowed to ask where their employees are from but, if they are going to the US for business or a conference, they now have to ask, in case that staff member will be banned.
“At least having the 90 days gives some time reference, but the Australian government and even the American Embassy need to keep the public informed.”