The White House announced Friday it will ban President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspend entry of Syrian refugees into the United States, including those fleeing the civil war in the Middle East.
In a press release, the White House said the president has “repeatedly called for the swift suspension of immigration from these countries and has ordered that our national security will be protected.”
Trump has said he will follow through with his threats against the United Nations and its Security Council resolution on Syria.
In an interview on “Fox and Friends” Friday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the executive order “does not reflect the position of the United State, and is not consistent with our values and our laws.”
She said Trump has been committed to the “rule of law” and to enforcing immigration laws.
She added: “The executive order is not in the best interests of the American people.”
But Trump’s ban has drawn ire from both the left and the right, as well as a growing chorus of legal scholars who say it would violate the U.N. charter and violate U.K. and other treaties.
Sanders noted that the U,N.
General Assembly has previously approved a resolution to “require the immediate suspension of any measures of immigration or nationality or entry into or exit of the European Union” in the face of “threats to human rights.”
But Sanders said Trump’s order does not comply with those rules.
“It doesn’t follow the UGNT’s text,” she said.
“There is no legal basis for a national security executive order that suspends the immigration of refugees.”
The order does, however, target individuals with dual citizenship who are not U.s. citizens or residents.
It does not specifically target Syrian refugees.
The Trump administration will also ban travel from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, North Korea, and Yemen.
Trump signed an executive order on January 27 directing the State Department to issue a travel ban that would include Syria, Sudan and North Korea.
The State Department said Friday that the ban would affect 90,000 foreign travelers and would be effective March 1.
But the administration will not take the measures to be implemented until the order is revoked by the courts.
Trump has vowed to keep the order in place, and the administration said it has already blocked more than 1 million travelers from Syria.
“The United States is not a country that has taken in a significant number of refugees,” Sanders said.