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Is President Trump's immigration ban legal?

President Trump's executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations and suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions program has created a firestorm and inspired mass protests at airports across the country. A federal judge issued an emergency stay on the ban, and opponents say it violates the Constitution. But others say legal precedent gives the president authority to restrict who enters the country and the ban will withstand legal challenges. What do you think? 

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The legal challenges to Trump's executive order are numerous. Four U.S. district judges have issued temporary rulings blocking aspects of the order. The ban gives preference to Christian refugees from the Middle East over Muslim refugees, which constitutional law experts say violates the Establishment clause of the Constitution. Dan Siciliano, law professor at Stanford University, said the order was absolutely in violation of the law:

"It’s clearly a nationality ban and a de facto religion ban. We have in place statutes that say the government should not set policy or take actions based on nationality."
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But other legal experts say the order is not a Muslim ban and predict the courts will back Trump. The order entry of nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. Eugene Volokh, professor at UCLA School of Law, said the anti-Muslim bias of the order was not clear, since "judges might interpret the order as targeting people from countries where jihadist sentiments are common." Jonathan Turley, law professor at George Washington University, predicts the courts will not interpret the order as a religious ban:

“It is not on its face a Muslim ban....No judge can look at the order and analyze it as a Muslim ban because the vast majority of Muslims around the world are not affected by the limitations placed on these seven countries.”
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Congressman Chris Murphy is already introducing a bill to overturn the executive order, describing it as a "Muslim ban."

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Millions of Americans see the ban as not only illegal, but a dangerous attack on fellow citizens that cannot be allowed to go unchecked.

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On the other hand, some legal scholars say Trump is within his rights to determine whether non-citizens should be allowed to gain entry to the United States. This ban was one of Trump's signature campaign promises, and many Americans think it's an essential move to prevent terrorist attacks like those in Brussels, Paris, and Nice. UCLA School of Law Professor Eugene Volokh notes:

"The president generally has broad authority to exclude non-citizens from coming into the country."
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Plenty of supporters think protesters are overreacting, and that the executive order is not prejudiceit's just national security.

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