President Donald Trump’s weeklong ban on refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries splintered families and brought opponents to the streets and airports to protest.The government suspended enforcement of the ban on Saturday, a day after a federal judge in Washington state temporarily blocked it. It marked an extraordinary setback for the White House, but not before Trump’s executive order caused massive confusion for many foreigners trying to reach the United States.The impact had been felt deeply in New Jersey, where Muslim and Christian families alike have been stranded abroad or kept apart from relatives, the betrothed and spouses. Those left in limbo included a fiance with a wedding venue booked but without his bride; a family with plane tickets ready to immigrate to New Jersey; and a young woman trying to secure a student visa for the brother she left behind in Syria.But in New Jersey – a state ravaged by terrorism attacks from 9/11 to the makeshift bombs set off in Seaside Heights and Elizabeth last September – terrorism is an urgent and real fear. It remains on the minds of many Americans who believe that U.S. immigration policies are too lax and that terrorists will be let into the country. Those families also feel strongly about the immigration… Read full this story
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