Demonstrators gather outside the US Supreme Court demanding US President Donald Trump reverse hateful anti-refugee and anti-immigration executive orders in Washington, DC, January 30, 2017. / AFP / JIM WATSON
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In the face of widespread criticism, President Donald Trump has staunchly defended his order temporarily banning refugees and nearly all citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.What Trump said and how it compares with the facts:According to State Department data, 9,388 Iraqi refugees were admitted to the United States during the 2011 budget year.That year, 618 Iraqis were allowed to enter the U.S. with that special visa.Government data show that during the 2011 budget year, more than 7,800 Iraqis were allowed into the United States on nonimmigrant visas, including tourists.THE FACTS: Trump is right that there are many majority-Muslim countries that have not been included in the travel ban.The executive order signed Friday does not specifically say Muslims can't visit the U.S., but it does create a temporary total travel ban for citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries.There are 38 countries, mostly European, whose citizens can visit the U.S. without a visa.
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