President Donald Trump’s decision to temporarily ban Muslim immigration has generated criticism from both sides of the aisle.
Some have argued that Trump is using the ban to attack the religious liberty of Muslims, but others have argued the ban is about religious freedom.
The two sides of Trump’s argument have yet to meet, however, as the president will address the nation on Sunday to discuss the Muslim ban and its aftermath.
Trump’s administration announced its decision on Monday evening.
The ban, which also bans all refugees from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, will remain in place until at least mid-November.
The move has been widely praised by Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who praised the president for his “principled approach” to the immigration issue.
“The American people have spoken,” McConnell said in a statement.
“We cannot allow another four months of the Obama administration to go by before we take a new, principled approach.”
Trump said he will announce the order on Sunday at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The White House has not yet released any specific details about the order, but a statement from the State Department said the ban would “protect Americans from foreign nationals who may pose a security risk.”
“This is a policy that is being implemented to protect the United States from foreign fighters who pose a threat to American lives and interests,” the statement continued.
“This order will protect the security of Americans by eliminating travel from nations with a history of terrorism and individuals from these countries who are known or suspected to pose a national security threat.”
The executive order includes a list of countries that have been identified by the U.S. as “terrorist-sponsoring regimes.”
The list of designated countries includes Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The order also includes a travel ban against certain countries, including Syria, Yemen and Somalia.
According to the State Dept., this is the first time that Trump has issued a travel order targeting Muslim-majority countries in which U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has spoken in the past.
The Trump administration has also said it will suspend the resettlement of Syrian refugees for a period of 90 days.
The State Department has said the decision to suspend resettlement is a necessary step because “we cannot accept that Syrian refugees will not be welcomed in the United Kingdom and that we will not have the capacity to protect their lives, or to care for their loved ones.”
Trump’s travel ban will be subject to legal challenges, and the Justice Department is currently considering whether to take legal action against it.
The U.K. government and the U,S.
have both filed lawsuits challenging the ban.