Children carry signs as migrants and refugees demonstrate in Athens on January 21, 2017, in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington, one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
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U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders starting Wednesday that include a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries, say congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter.Trump, who tweeted that a "big day" was planned on national security Wednesday, is expected to ban for several months the entry of refugees into the United States, except for religious minorities escaping persecution, until more aggressive vetting is in place.With Trump considering measures to tighten border security, he could turn his attention to the refugee issue later this week.Many Trump supporters decried former President Barack Obama's decision to increase the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States over fears that those fleeing the country's civil war would carry out attacks.To restrict illegal immigration, Trump has promised to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and to deport illegal migrants living inside the United States.Trump's executive order threatens a refugee resettlement deal with Australia signed late last year, and could leave more than 1,000 asylum seekers in limbo.
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