IMMIGRATION/TRUMP/EXECUTIVE ORDER: "President Trump signed an executive action Friday that aims to temporarily halt the nation’s refugee program and usher in the most sweeping changes in more than 40 years to how the U.S. welcomes the world’s most vulnerable people.
The White House has yet to release the text of the signed document but a draft obtained earlier showed the measure would block all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days and suspend the acceptance of refugees from war-torn Syria indefinitely.
'We want to ensure that we are not letting into our country the very threats that our soldiers are fighting overseas,' Trump said after swearing in new Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon.
Trump would also block visa applicants entirely from a list of countries with counterterrorism concerns, including Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, until a new 'extreme vetting' procedure for visa applicants could be launched."
– “Trump signs order to temporarily shut nation’s door to most refugees and start ‘extreme vetting’,” The Los Angeles Times online, Jan 27, 2017, Brian Bennett and Noah Bierman, 1/27/2017