New Travel Ban Unveiled
The Trump administration’s new executive order regarding immigration was unveiled by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Homeland Security head John Kelly on Monday. The plan is set to replace Trump’s previous order signed in late January that was met with strong criticism and was blocked by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The new order restricts immigration from six Muslim-majority countries, with Iraq being removed from the original list. This was on the advice of the Pentagon and State Department and on the commitment of the Iraqi government to cooperate more in sharing immigrant information. The new plan also exempts permanent legal residents and does not apply to those already holding visas, while also replacing a once-indefinite halt on Syrian refugees entering the U.S. with a 120-day timeframe on all refugees. Although the president was reluctant to replace his existing ban, Trump officials believe this order will withstand legal challenges. It is slated to take effect on March 16th.
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