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    28 Jan 2017

    Oscar nominee 'can't attend after Trump bans nationals from Muslim countries'

    An Iranian film director nominated for an Oscar may be unable to attend the prestigious event after Donald Trump banned nationals from 7 Muslim countries from entering the US.
    Asghar Farhadi is nominated for best foreign language film for his movie The Salesman, which is filmed in Iran.
    However, President Trump last night announced that nationals from 7 Muslim countries will no longer be issued visas to enter America.
    Fans of the renowned filmmaker - who won an Oscar in 2011 for his film A Separation - now fear he will be unable to attend Hollywood's biggest night in February.
    There are also reports of Syrians who have given up everything who are trapped at US airports and unable to enter the country. 
    President Trump last night ordered a four-month ban on all refugees entering the US.
    The President also singled out refugees from Syria as barred from entering the country indefinitely, or until he himself decides they are allowed in.
    No visas will be issued to nationals from six other mainly-Muslim nations including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days.  
    "I'm establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. Don't want them here," Trump said on Friday.
    "We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people," he said.
    However, his move has caused outrage among many people and organisations.
    The United Nations has this morning condemned the ban while civil rights groups have said the order is harmful and discriminatory. 
    Filmmaker Michael Moore said: "That the President of the United States would order on Holocaust Memorial Day the banning of a people due to their religion is reprehensible."
    Trump claimed the move would keep America safer, despite evidence which shows none of the countries on the list have been the source of terror attacks on US soil since 9/11.
    Having given no notice of the ban, it caused chaos for thousands of Arab-American families who already had family members en route to visit.
    There were reports of Syrian families who have spent up to two years being vetted for a visa left stranded at the airport having sold all their possessions.
    That Trump chose Holocaust Memorial Day to make the announcement was all the more upsetting for many Americans.
    "Tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty tonight as a grand tradition of America, welcoming immigrants, that has existed since America was founded has been stomped upon," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.
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