President Donald Trump Places Ban On Muslim Refugees
Tory MPs expressed their “heartbreak” at the development last night and called for Mr Trump to urgently overturn the policy.
Nadhim Zahawi, the MP for Stratford-on-Avon who was born in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, said he feared he would be caught up in the ban.
“Just think of all the families who will feel like second-class citizens now,” he told the
“I love the US, I love everything it stands for, but I cannot believe this is happening to British citizens in 2017.
“Words cannot describe my sadness. I feel devastated. I would like clarity and a rethink on this. It is a terrible message to the world. I am heartbroken.”
The Foreign Office, Number 10 and the Home Office all refused to comment when asked about the rule change on Saturday.
A Government source said: “We are working really closely with the State Department on this.”
Latest figures show that more than 250,000 people who were born in Iraq, Iran and Somalia have dual British nationality.
No figures are available for those born in Syria, Libya, Sudan or Yemen.
There was chaos and confusion at airports in the US on Saturday, as customs officials sought to implement the executive order that prevents entry to Syrians indefinitely, all other refugees for four months and bans travellers from seven Middle Eastern countries.
“I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America,” Mr Trump said as he signed the order at the Pentagon. “Don’t want them here.”
But in a fresh development on Saturday night, a federal judge in Brooklyn put part of the order on hold when he ruled that the US could not deport people after they had landed at US airports with valid visas