Cities where Trump’s travel ban may hit the hardest, in two maps

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order late last Friday temporarily restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and causing chaos at airports as travelers were detained.

Senior adviser Kellyanne Conway downplayed the effects of Trump’s travel ban over the weekend, saying that the number of people detained was a minuscule percentage of foreign travelers who entered the U.S.

About 90,000 people in the U.S. have nonimmigrant or immigrant visas from those seven countries and would be directly impacted by the ban, according to a Washington Post analysis of the latest State Department statistics from 2015.

But the number of people who have a personal stake in this issue is much larger — hundreds of thousands — if you take into account all U.S. residents, including visa holders and U.S. citizens, who list their country of birth as one of those countries.

Stories of families divided by the ban, including those of U.S. citizens, have popped up across social media networks and in news reports since Trump signed the order. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Customs and Border Patrol agents have the “discretionary authority” to question U.S. citizens coming from those countries.

The Brookings Institution attempted to find the communities around the country with the most at stake. Here are the cities with the largest populations of residents born in the seven countries listed in the Trump order — Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen — according to Census Bureau data analyzed by Brookings:

The data includes all residents, regardless of immigration status, who identify their birth country in the Census survey as one of the banned seven.

Los Angeles comes in at the top of the list, with more residents born in the countries on Trump’s travel ban than any other city. Brookings notes that a significant number of people from Iran moved to L.A. in the 1980s after that country’s revolution.

Detroit has more residents born in Iraq — 46,800 — than any other city, and Minneapolis has the largest Somali community in the country, with 19,900 residents.

One of Minnesota’s most notable Somali-American residents is Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota House Representative and the first Somali-American, Muslim woman in the nation to hold an office at that level.

Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American Muslim woman and a Minnesota State Representative, speaks to a resident of her community.

Other cities greatly impacted by the ban include New York, Washington, Chicago and San Francisco.

But since that map more or less resembles a population map (i.e., cities with the largest populations overall also have the largest immigrant populations), the Brookings Institution also compiled data on the metropolitan areas with the highest share of residents from countries in Trump’s travel ban.

Detroit comes in first: For every 1,000 Detroit residents, there are 15 people from those countries. Detroit is followed by Modesto, Calif., with 14.9 people per 1,000 residents. Modesto is primarily an agricultural city located in California’s Central Valley. The Modesto metro area has about 527,400 residents, 4,300 of whom are from Iran and 3,100 of whom are from Iraq.

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