There’s no escaping the widespread coverage of President Trump’s recent executive order instituting a Muslim ban for individuals who are linked to seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States. Protests erupted at airports across America over the weekend and a wide array of American politicians, CEO’s and world leaders have weighed in against Trump’s questionably legal order. After a lengthy call with Trump on Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel added her name to the list of leaders siding against the American leader.
policy goes against the Geneva Conventions
Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for the chancellor, told the press on Sunday that Merkel spent her time discussing her concerns over Trumps actions, including her stark warning that the recent policy goes against the Geneva Conventions, which require members to take in refugees from war-plagued nations on humanitarian grounds — a stance that Merkel has followed and been criticized for.
Germany’s concern over the Muslim ban is not just a move to gain love by those protesting the order. It is estimated that more than 100,000 German citizens could find themselves barred from entering the U.S. due to dual citizenships linked to one of the seven countries.
In a joint statement issued by the German and Dutch foreign ministers on Sunday, the duo made their stance known as they stated: “We are determined to protect the rights of our citizens and will take rapid action within the European Union about the steps that are now needed.”