Category: The Headrush
Published on Monday, 06 March 2017 18:01
Donald Trump is to sign a new executive order on immigration later on Monday, his aide Kellyanne Conway has said.
A revised order has been expected from the White House since the earlier ban was blocked by a federal court.
The previous order suspended the entire US refugee resettlement programme and blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the US.
It sparked confusion at airports, as people with valid visas were turned away, and mass protests.
President Trump's administration argued that the ban was necessary to keep the US safe from terrorism.
What is different about the new order?
While the text of the new executive order has not yet been published, Ms Conway, a senior aide to Mr Trump, told Fox News that Iraq would be left off the list of countries whose citizens will banned from the US.
Citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, the other six countries on the original list, would once more be subject to a 90-day travel ban.
However, according to a fact sheet for Congress seen by the Associated Press, the travel ban will not apply to those who already have valid visas.
Ms Conway also said that green card holders (legal permanent residents of the US) from the named countries will not be affected by the new order.
Refugees would be banned from entry for 120 days, according to Reuters. But Ms Conway indicated that Syrian refugees would no longer be indefinitely barred.
The Associated Press also reported that the new order would not give priority to religious minorities, unlike the previous order. Critics of the Trump administration had argued that that was an effort to help Christians get into the US.