The Australian Government has updated the advice section on the Smart Traveller website, assuring Australians that they will not be affected by President Trumps crackdown on immigration from muslim-majority countries.
“On 30 January 2017, US officials assured the Australian Government that Australian passport holders (regardless of country of birth, nationality or whether they hold another passport) are not affected by the US Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” the travel advice update reads.
“The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in the United States of America, including Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands.”
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It comes after Trump released a lengthy statement confirming the executive order.
“America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave, Trump wrote in a statement on Facebook.
“We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.
“This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.
I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.”
— Smartraveller (@Smartraveller) January 31, 2017