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President Donald Trump holds up a signed Presidential Memorandum in the Oval Office in Washington. "If those people were to leave US soil and try to return, the visas would no longer be valid".

This week, the Lisbon-based Champalimaud Foundation has offered to assist scientists affected by the executive order issued by President Trump banning the entry into the United States of refugees and citizens from the seven Muslim majority countries.

Trump has not openly pushed for safe areas in Syria after his favorite leader Russian President Vladimir Putin halted Trump's headlong rush by warning that any such action would have to be approved by Syrian President Bashar al Assad, whom Russia supports with considerable fire power.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tutored Trump on the Geneva Refugee Convention after he suspended the US Refugee Admission Program for 120 days.

Refugees are already subjected to multiple interviews and a security vetting by nine US law enforcement, intelligence and security agencies that check their backgrounds, social media activity and the reasons they fled their countries.

One of those stuck overseas is Khaled Almilaji, a Syrian doctor who has been attending Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, on a scholarship.

Syrian women refugees collects water during International Women's Day at the al-Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, March 8, 2014.

He told The Associated Press that his pregnant wife remains in the United States while he's stuck in Turkey.

For now we should be grateful that other nations have flexed their muscles mostly with words; grateful that they knew how much authority to use and did not go overboard.

After receiving the visa, the family headed to Dubai where they were told they could not complete their travel to the U.S. because of Trump's executive order.

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The Executive Order does not apply to foreign nationals traveling to the US from the seven countries who are traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and those under G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-4 visas. But California takes the majority of the West's immigrants from the seven countries listed in the travel ban, according to data from the Migration Policy Institute.

The Canadian prime minister issued a statement condemning the ban and offering temporary emergency refuge to those that the USA was turning away.

It's a word we don't hear too much of lately, especially in the hustle and bustle of global travel, where immediate results are expected and patience is easily lost.

Nevertheless, the Trump administration has consistently defended its actions as limited in scope. Trump claimed that his ban was not targeting Muslims. "We don't have religious tests in this country".

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Within a week of the order, more than 100,000 visas from the seven targeted countries had been revoked, the New York Times reported.

Youssef Touma, 34, said Trump's travel ban and promise to move up the asylum applications of persecuted Christians would not lessen Syrians' difficulty in getting a US visa.

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"Regardless of where you stand on the merits of President Trump's executive orders on immigration, it is clear that New Jersey constituents are significantly impacted by the implications of this decision", Watson Coleman wrote to her colleagues on Wednesday.

But to Alden, the effects of the temporary travel ban will be felt long after it's lifted.

Paul said, "Trump talks about illegal immigration, so I think he should remember his own family story from time to time". "But the impact will be a lot broader than the numbers will indicate".

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