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dateline: 01 February 2017

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Syrian Refugees Banned from Entering US

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • refugee: a person who escapes his or her homeland due to war, unrest, or another disaster
  • executive order: a rule or law made by the president of the US
  • controversial: causing a response of many different opinions
  • indefinitely: with no end date specified
  • attorney general: the head law officer of the nation; represents the government
  • unconstitutional: goes against what is written in the political rules (esp. US Constitution)
  • trademark: something someone is well-known for

Syrian Refugees Banned from Entering US

President Trump spent his first week in office signing a series of executive orders, including some controversial bans. In addition to temporarily banning travellers from seven countries, Trump indefinitely banned all Syrian refugees. People around the world were quick to call the order a , since the affected countries were all Muslim-majority nations. erupted in US airports and in streets around the world. The acting US attorney general questioned the legality of the order and told the Justice Department not to it. In response, President Trump quickly used his trademark words, “ fired.”

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did President Trump do a lot of in his first week on the job?
  2. Why are many people calling Trump’s travel ban a “Muslim Ban”?
  3. Why does the report mention airports?

Discussion Questions: Do you agree with President Trump’s ban of Syrian refugees? Why or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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