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US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with county sheriffs in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 7, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with county sheriffs in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 7, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
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Donald Trump's narrow vision of "America First" is already impacting Africa. His executive order bans passport holders from Somalia, Sudan, and Libya from entering the United States.

This has caused an uproar with the head of the African Union, who criticized the immigration ban and said it presented “one of the greatest challenges” for the continent.

What should be the collective African response to this measure by Trump's administration? Can Africa finally stand up to the actions of a country that's been meddling in the continent's affairs for years?

While Africa was not the only place that felt the sting of the executive order — nationals from Yemen, Iraq, Iran, and Syria were also barred — the decision to block the citizens of three African countries will be seen in some quarters as a direct challenge to the continent's solidarity and unity.

Will the African leaders rally in defense of those affected, demand a change in policy from the US, or capitulate in the face of this latest affront?