Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. President Trump has tightened restrictions on arrivals to the US
  2. His order stops all refugee admissions and temporarily bans entry from seven Muslim-majority countries
  3. Federal judges have halted the deportation of anyone detained entering the US
  4. A second day of protests took place across the nation
  5. Trump and his team have defended the move as necessary to keep the US safe

Live Reporting

By David Molloy, Rebecca Seales, Tom Geoghegan and Jude Sheerin

All times stated are UK

Thanks for joining us

We're going to pause our live coverage of the reaction to President Trump's executive order for the moment.

In the meantime:

... or just stay up to date on all the latest news from our homepage.

Judge orders return of visa holder removed from US under Trump order

In a surprise move, a US federal district judge from California has now ordered that a person removed from the US during the weekend's chaos must be brought back.

On Saturday, Ali Khoshbakhti Vayeghan filed suit to prevent his deportation under Mr Trump's executive order.

"Before the court could rule on the [case], he was placed on a flight to Dubai to be removed to Iran," the ruling said.

Judge Dolly Gee has now ordered that US officials must "transport the petitioner back to the United States and admit him under the terms of his previously approved visa".

View more on twitter

Senator will introduce bill to overturn Trump's order tomorrow

Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat for California, announced she would introduce two pieces of legislation on Monday.

The first, she said, would overturn Mr Trump's executive order.

The second would prevent the president from banning groups of immigrants unilaterally.

However, the Republican party - Donald Trump's party - have a majority in both the House and Senate. 

View more on twitter

In photos: Protests at US airports

The wave of protests against Donald Trump's travel ban has continued throughout the day. 

Here's a selection from the picture wires:

A man dressed as the statue of liberty, bearing her iconic torch aloft, takes part in one protest
Atlanta International Airport
A large protest crowd is seen on the pedestrian paths in Atlanta
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport
A man holds a sign reading 'refugees welcome' through a sunroof
Detroit Metropolitan airport, Michigan
Police direct arriving passengers past dozens of pro-immigration demonstrators who cheer and hold signs
Inside the arrivals hall at Dulles, near Washington
A woman wearing a headscarf walks in front of a sign borne aloft, which features a cartoon rendition of Mr Trump and the word "terrorist"
Getty Images
Los Angeles International Airport

Legal aid team set up for airport long haul

Lawyers who earlier set up an impromptu free legal aid stand at Dulles airport near Washington have settled in for the long fight, according to a tweet from the New York Times's Matthew Rosenberg:

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Civil liberties group clocks up five times annual donations in 36 hours

Reuters reporter Dutin Volz offers an update to the earlier news that the America Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had raised large amounts of money since Saturday:

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Department of Homeland Security approves admission of green card holders

Secretary John Kelly of the Department of Homeland Security has issued a statement about the implementation of President Trump's ban - saying: "I hereby deem the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest."

That is better known as having a "green card".

His statement said that holding a green card would settle the issue, unless there was "significant derogatory information indicating a serious threat to public safety and welfare".

View more on twitter

Trump's order 'still being enforced'

A senior US official from Mr Trump's administration told the Reuters news agency that "all of Trump's executive orders on immigration remain in effect and are being enforced".

The same official said the order has been "a massive success story".

But some lawyers attempting to speak with detained people claimed they have not been allowed access - despite a court order - and several elected officials claimed similar court orders have been ignored by some figures in Customs and Border Protection.

View more on twitter
View more on twitter
View more on twitter
View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Netherlands 'rejects' Trump travel ban

Netherlands PM Mark Rutte waves to camera in a sunny outdoor environment in front of a building
Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his country believes refugees "deserve a safe haven"

The prime minister of the The Netherlands - along with his foreign minister - have released a statement condemning Mr Trump's executive order.

"The Netherlands believes that refugees who flee war and violence deserve a safe haven, no matter what their background or religion is. This is a belief that we will remain vocal about," it said.

The pair said terrorism should be dealt with by intelligence services, and they "are disappointed about the US travel ban for residents of seven Muslim countries. We reject this travel ban." 

This is the second time in a week the Dutch administration has defied a Donald Trump policy - International Trade Minister Lilianne Plouman's created an international fund to support abortion and family planning groups.

The move was explicitly designed to off-set the impact of Trump's reinstatement of the global gag rule. 

Reminder: Polls show many Americans support refugee bans

BBC World News presenter Katty Kay has made the point that a large percentage of Americans support refugee bans when they are presented as a counter to terrorism.

Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight cites a Quinnipiac University poll conducted in January, which shows 48% of voters support “suspending immigration from ‘terror prone’ regions, even if it means turning away refugees from those regions.” Opposition came in at 42%.

View more on twitter

Stats fan Mr Silver reckons that while Americans seem OK with lowering the number of refugees the US takes, outright bans are less likely to be popular.

View more on twitter

Sweden summons US embassy chief

The country's foreign minister called the US entry ban "sad and frightening"

Sweden's foreign minister, Margot Wallström, has reportedly summoned the head of the US embassy in Stockholm, David E Lindwall. 

Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet says the minister objected to the "sad and frightening" decision the US had taken by blacklisting travellers from seven nations.  

The meeting was partly called to establish how the ban will affect Swedes with dual nationality, the paper said.

It quoted Ms Wallström as saying: "Many have thought of the US as the world's melting pot, where you can come and build a future. A land of opportunity. But now we see a country that closes, turns inward and become nationalistic and protectionist."  

View more on twitter

Trump's hour-long phone call with Saudi king

The president and Saudi Arabia's King Salman have agreed to step up military cooperation

President Trump gives reporters a thumbs-up while waiting to speak to Saudi Arabia's king by phone
President Trump gave reporters a thumbs-up while waiting to speak to the Saudi king

President Trump has spoken to Saudi Arabia's King Salman by phone for over an hour, Reuters reports. The pair agreed to step up counter-terrorism and military cooperation and enhance economic relations, according to Saudi sources.

Mr Trump has faced criticism for failing to include Saudi in his executive order, with critics pointing out that 15 of the 19 hijackers involved in the 9/11 attacks were Saudi Arabian citizens.

By contrast, there have been no fatal terror attacks on US soil since 1975 by immigrants from the seven Muslim-majority countries targeted by the ban.

It is not currently known whether President Trump and King Salman discussed the terms of the order.

The Arab League - of which Saudi Arabia is a founding member - expressed deep concern on Sunday, saying the restrictions are unjustified. 

ACLU rights group raises $10m since Saturday, adds 150,000 members

The American Civil Liberties Union, which spearheaded Saturday's legal challenge against Trump's executive order, has raised over $10 million since Saturday morning.

In an interview with Yahoo News, executive director Anthony Romero said they had also added 150,000 new members as protests continued.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” he told Yahoo, adding that the group's membership had gone from around 400,000 to more than one million since the election in November. 

View more on twitter

Trump ban loses support of another senior republican

Bob Corker is pictured in a blue suit, surrounded by reporters with microphones and cameras, earlier in January.

Senator Bob Corker - a republican and chair of the country's foreign relations committee - is the latest senior figure from Trump's own party to criticise the executive order.

"We all share a desire to protect the American people, but this executive order has been poorly implemented, especially with respect to green card holders," he said in a statement.

"The administration should immediately make appropriate revisions, and it is my hope that following a thorough review and implementation of security enhancements that many of these programs will be improved and reinstated."

US detentions are 'shameful' - NY Congressman

Congressman Hakeen Jeffries, at JFK airport, warns that President Trump's order might "inflame" world tensions and said the airport detentions were "shameful".  

US detentions are 'shameful' says Congressman
View more on twitter

Ban opponents tweet 'travel memories' to Trump hotels

On Twitter, opponents of the so-called Muslim ban have resurrected a 2011 tweet from Trump's chain of hotels asking followers for their favourite travel memories.

The responses are varied - but not the sunset photos the chain asked for.

View more on twitter
View more on twitter
View more on twitter
View more on twitter
View more on twitter
View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Trump tweets: Republican opponents 'starting World War III'

President Trump has taken to Twitter to rebut a joint statement from two prominent members of his own party.

Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham said it was clear "that President Trump’s executive order was not properly vetted...  such a hasty process risks harmful results."  

“Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism," they wrote.

In response to the criticism, Trump said the pair were "looking to start World War III." 

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

New Trump statement: 'This is not a Muslim ban'

President Trump has issued a statement in response to the executive order, claiming "this is not a Muslim ban" and accusing the media of "falsely reporting" it.

As evidence, he offers that "there are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order".

The statement frames the visa clampdown as "similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months".

Mr Trump says he has "tremendous feeling" for Syrian refugees, but that "my first priority will always be to protect and serve our country". 

View more on twitter

British athlete Mo Farah: policy of ignorance and prejudice

British athelete Mo Farah - who was recently knighted by Queen Elizabeth, was born in Somalia, and lives in the US - wrote an impassioned post on Facebook earlier today about the ban.

"It’s deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home - to explain why the President has introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice," he wrote in a post shared more than 200,000 times.

View more on facebook

That now seems to have been overtaken by Britain's foreign office, which is claiming the order will not apply to dual citizens in Farah's situation - but Farah's team released a statement saying he still "fundamentally disagrees" with the ban.  

View more on twitter

Canada will grant temporary residency to those affected

Canada's immigration minister has been holding a press conference - where he announced his country will offer temporary residency to those stranded in Canada as a result of the turmoil in the US.

However, he told assembled press that the impact of the order in Canada has been "minimal".

View more on twitter

'I trust Trump'

The BBC's Olivia Lace-Evans has been to Republican-leaning Staten Island, New York City, to hear from people on the street what they think of President Trump's order.

In November's presidential election, Trump carried 57% of the vote in this borough, compared to Hillary Clinton's 40%.

Staten Island voice
Staten Island voice
Staten Island voice
Staten Island voice
Staten Island voice
Staten Island voice
Staten Island voice
Staten Island voice

UK advice for British travellers

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has held conversations with the US government.

The UK Foreign Office later issued this advice to British travellers.

It says that dual citizens are only affected if travelling to the US from one of the seven countries named in the order - Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.  

However, one Scottish veterinary student - who travels on an Iranian passport - was unable to fly home from her holiday in Costa Rica because she was told her transit visa for the US was no longer valid.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Hundreds at White House

View more on twitter
Protesters at White House
Protesters at White House
Protesters at White House
Protesters at White House
Getty Images

Syrian clarinet player in limbo

A green card-holding Syrian musician who is currently on a world tour is wondering if he will be allowed to return to his Brooklyn home.

Kinan Azmeh, a clarinet player who has called the US home for 16 years, said on Sunday he does not have a "plan B" if denied re-entry.

The 40-year-old, who is now on the last leg of his tour in Beirut after performing with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma in China and Denmark, said: "I have my apartment. 

"You know, 16 years is not a short time, you accumulate lots of stuff. But what is not replaceable is all the friends who are incredibly supportive." 

He was granted a green card three years ago through an EB-1 visa, for applicants who can demonstrate "extraordinary ability" in science, business or art.

Kinan Azmeh
Kinan Azmeh

Koch network: 'Travel ban wrong'

The conservative Koch political network - a mega-donor to the Republican party, with strong links to the Trump administration - has denounced the new president’simmigration order.

Spokesman Brian Hooks said in a statement: "The travel ban is the wrong approach and will likely be counterproductive. We believe it is possible to keep Americans safe without excluding people who wish to come here to contribute and pursue a better life for their families."

The statement came as the Koch network gathered for its conference in Palm Springs, California.

Charles Koch
Charles Koch is a conservative mega-donor

Breaking16 US states decry Trump action

The chief lawyers in 16 US states have issued a joint statement condemning the order. 

Attorneys general from California, New York, Pennsylvania and 13 other states said: "We are committed to working to ensure that as few people as possible suffer from the chaotic situation that it has created."

Chaos overnight at Dulles airport

Ali, Hajer and their sons
Ali, Hajer and their sons finally make it through to the arrivals hall

Ali worked for three years as an interpreter for the US Army and gained admittance to the US through a Special Immigrant Visa, reserved for Iraqi and Afghan nationals who face threats of violence for working for Americans during the conflicts there.

He now has a green card, and returned to Iraq for his father's funeral, only to be delayed for hours for questioning at Dulles.

"We are not terrorists. We are not bad people," said Ali. "It's so hard. I hope they will change their minds on this position."

Read more on the chaos at Dulles airport, near Washington

The BBC's Jessica Lussenhop also witnessed this moment, an Iraqi couple at Dulles presented with a Purple Heart by a well-wisher and his son:

View more on twitter

'A small price to pay'

President Trump's spokespeople have been defending the executive order on the Sunday shows.

Senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News Sunday: "325,000 people from overseas came into this country just yesterday through our airports. 

"You’re talking about 300-and-some who have been detained or are prevented from gaining access to an aircraft in their home countries and must stay for now. That’s 1%, and I think in terms of the upside being greater protection of our borders of our people, it’s a small price to pay." 

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told NBC's Meet the Press the order would keep out "people who want to do bad things to America".

But Mr Priebus also caused confusion over whether the order affects green card holders.

He first told NBC’s Chuck Todd it "doesn't include green card holders going forward".

But when pressed later in the interview on whether the order covers those with permanent US residency status, he said: "Well, of course it does."

Kellyanne Conway (L) and Reince Priebus
Kellyanne Conway (L) and Reince Priebus

BreakingBBC live at the White House protest

Iranian dissident stranded

A North Carolina college professor and Iranian dissident, Mohsen Kadivar, fears he will not be allowed back into the US to rejoin his wife and two children after travelling to Germany a week ago to attend a fellowship programme until July.

Mr Kadivar told Reuters news agency from Berlin: "I am concerned about my future. I don't know whether I will be able to return to the United States as a green card holder Iranian national."

The Duke University lecturer was once a supporter of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, but later fell foul of its leaders.

Mohsen Kadivar
Mohsen Kadivar

Oscar-nominated director pulls out of ceremony

The Salesman stars Shahab Hosseini and actress Taraneh Alidoosti
The Salesman stars Shahab Hosseini and actress Taraneh Alidoosti

The director of an Iranian film which is up for Oscars glory has said he will not attend the ceremony because of the travel ban.

Asghar Farhadi, nominated for best foreign-language film for The Salesman, said on Sunday the questions over his entry to the US made it unacceptable for him to come.  

Earlier, Academy Awards organisers said it was "extremely troubling" that his attendance was in doubt.

Meanwhile, one of California's other main industries, tech, has also expressed deep unease at the Trump travel ban.

Google has told the BBC it is concerned about the order and the impact on foreign talent coming to the US. It has instructed travelling staff members to return to the US.

Other Siicon Valley giants such as Facebook and Microsoft have also tried to safeguard employees, Politico reports.

Read more about Google's action 

British anti-Trump petition goes viral

A petition is circulating demanding that President Trump's invitation for a UK state visit be withdrawn "because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen".

It has already reached over half a million signatures. 

Only 100,000 names are needed for Parliament to consider holding a debate, meaning this one could be discussed by MPs.

Readers will remember the House of Commons in January 2016 debated calls for Trump to be denied entry to the UK after an earlier petition drew nearly 570,000 signatures, following the then-US presidential candidate's comments calling for Muslims to be banned from the US. A rival petition opposing a ban on Trump was signed by nearly 40,000 people.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arriving to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh going to church in Sandringham, Norfolk

Conservative outlets cry 'hypocrisy' and 'fake news'

While the US liberal-leaning media has been united in outrage to President Trump's executive action, the conservative media have welcomed it.

Conservative blog Red State hits out at former Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, pointing to an ABC News report that while she was Secretary of State in 2011 the State Department stopped processing Iraqi refuges for six months after the discovery two years earlier of two al Qaeda militants living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky, who admitted in court that they had attacked US soldiers in Iraq.

"I know that there have been rumors about Mrs. Clinton’s memory. But has Hillary Clinton really forgotten that President Obama ordered a similar ban on travel from Iraq, in 2011, when She was Secretary of State? Her hypocrisy knows no bounds."  

Red State
Red State

Breitbart has an op-ed from former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin: 

"Trump is doing what the majority recognized was necessary to secure our borders. Voters asked for it, he promised it, and thus he was elected. Now he’s doing it.

"This isn’t inhumane. It’s exercising common-sense compassion to keep human beings safe. It’s about fully vetting foreigners and merely following the laws the people - through our representative form of government within our republic - agreed upon.

"The misinformed are ballistically knee-jerking because they aren’t used to candidates fulfilling campaign promises. Perhaps it’s shocking because we’re used to swamp dwellers murkying up the waters once typical politicians get elected, but that’s exactly why a typical politician wasn’t elected. The status quo has got to go."


Trump has fight on two fronts - legal and political

Anthony Zurcher

BBC North America reporter

These rulings are only the opening salvo in what will likely be a protracted legal battle, as the Trump administration forges ahead with its plans.

The episode has made the White House look amateurish and ill-prepared, however, and Republicans in Congress are getting nervous.

During the presidential primaries, a majority of Republican voters backed Mr Trump's calls for a sweeping ban on Muslims entering the US. During the general election, he campaigned on a visa ban for certain "terrorist" countries - and won.

So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise if the president's core support holds firm after this weekend's events. The views in the American heartland, far removed from major international airports, sometimes differ greatly from the liberal bastions on the coast.

However, protracted airport detention of children and the elderly is "bad optics" - and could make it harder for the White House to get public support for future immigration action.