Trump set to issue new immigrant travel ban nearly as the previous one

02/03/2017

U.S. President Trump is preparing to roll out his new version of a temporary travel ban targeting seven majority Muslim countries as early as Wednesday.
Trump's first attempt to block travel from those countries was shot down by federal courts, prompting a fuming Trump to blast the judges who halted his ban. The White House has been reworking the order and could implement it Wednesday, according to two administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to get ahead of Trump's announcement.
Trump said his new executive order would be "very much tailored" to those rulings to ensure it passes legal muster this time. But Stephen Miller, a senior policy adviser, said last week that the new order would "have the same basic policy outcome."
The new order was delayed as the administration sought to pursue its stated goal of suspending immigration from the seven countries because of security concerns while complying with the legal concerns raised by the judges.
District Judge James Robart in Seattle and a unanimous panel of three judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco found no credible national security threat posed by refugees and other immigrants from the countries targeted in the ban.
An internal Department of Homeland Security analysis came to the same conclusion. The memo, first obtained by the Associated Press, found that relatively few people from the seven countries have carried out, or been involved in, terrorism-related activities in the US since Syria's war started in 2011.
The new measure is expected to curtail immigration from the same seven, predominately Muslim countries listed in the original order: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
However, unlike the current measure, the new restrictions are expected to explicitly exempt green-card holders, dual U.S. citizens who also hold citizenship in any of the seven named countries, and travelers who already have U.S. visas.
The new executive order is also not expected to specifically bar Syrian refugees from entering
Details of the new order were first reported by the Associated Press, which cited an unnamed senior administration official. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, whose agency oversees immigration enforcement, said Saturday at a security conference in Munich that the new "streamlined" order will focus on seven countries, which he did not name.
The secretary previously testified before a House committee that the administration is "not contemplating" adding more countriesto the travel ban.
Kelly and the Trump administration have disputed that the original executive order, signed Jan. 27, amounts to a travel ban or that it explicitly targets Muslims as civil rights groups, immigration advocates and Democratic lawmakers have alleged – concerns that have also been raised by some congressional Republicans. Reiterating remarks from a press conference earlier this month, Kelly said in Munich that the orders represented a "temporary pause," which would allow the administration to "see where our immigration and vetting system has gaps – and gaps it has – that could be exploited."
The original measure suspended the U.S. refugee program for 120 days, prohibited entry by Syrian refugees indefinitely, and halted entry for 90 days by citizens of the seven nations listed in the order.
Coming with little warning and containing few details, it sparked chaos and protests at international airports, as hundreds of travelers found themselves delayed or detained, and some ordered back to their native countries. Adding to the confusion, legal permanent residents – or green-card holders – and dual U.S. citizens with citizenship in any of the listed countries were also initially seen as affected by the order, but the administration later clarified that they would generally be exempt.

Opponents of the travel ban say it discriminates against citizens of certain countries and the Muslim religion. They point to a 1965 law that prohibits discrimination against immigrants based on their country of origin, and claim the ban violates the establishment clause of the Constitution that protects freedom of religion.
One of the options for the White House is to issue an order that allows all people from those countries who are already lawful permanent residents of the U.S. or hold valid visas to continue traveling without interruption. That way, the ban would only affect citizens of those countries who have never stepped foot on U.S. soil, which legal experts say would make the revised ban more difficult to challenge in court.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the Department of Justice will engage in a "dual-track" defense strategy by continuing to defend the initial order in court while also defending the upcoming one against expected lawsuits./.
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Only Solidar 4/3/17 23:07

A U.S. President that has created differences along the society.

Pack Cassiopian 4/3/17 23:12

The United States immigration statute had, for 50 years, prohibited the kind of discrimination that this travel ban engages in, and moreover, the US Constitution prohibits targeting people because of their religion, which this travel ban is a very lightly disguised attempt to do.

Deck Hero14 4/3/17 23:15

Donald Trump’s ban on travel to the US from some Muslim-majority countries has been denounced by the UN's rights chief as “mean-spirited” and illegal under international human rights law.

John Smith 4/3/17 23:18

Mr Trump’s order will effectively keep people trapped in war zones, directly endangering their lives.

Gentle Moon 4/3/17 23:21

President Trump’s sweeping order will restrict some travelers and refugees from entering the United States violates the country’s international human rights obligations.

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