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  • People gather to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban at LAX.

    People gather to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban at LAX. | Photo: Reuters

Published 1 February 2017
Opinion

The new U.N. secretary-general said the ban must be lifted sooner rather than later, arguing that terror groups would use such policies to carry out attacks.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's travel restrictions on people with passports from seven countries and a freeze on refugee resettlement was "not the best way to protect the U.S." and should be lifted.

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Guterres' comments were his first to directly address Trump's signing of an executive order last Friday on immigration amid criticism from around the world and protests.

Guterres told reporters "this is not the way to best protect the U.S. or any other country in relation to the serious concerns that exist about possible terrorist infiltration.”

"I think that these measures should be removed sooner rather than later," said Guterres, who has issued a series of comments since Friday about the importance of protecting refugees and the dangers of broad-based travel bans.

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