President Trump's travel ban will still target some countries
Earnest February 21, 2017
Newscast Media WASHINGTON,
D.C.—US President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban includes the same
seven countries targeted in the original executive order, according to a
The initial order, which barred refugees and people from seven
predominately Muslim countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan,
Syria and Yemen—from entering the United States.
The new order will also exempt people who already have a visa
to travel to the United States, even if they haven't used it yet, or who
hold green cards, and dual citizens of the US and any of those
countries are also exempt, The Associated Press reported on Monday,
quoting a senior administration official.
In addition, the new order, expected to be released this week,
will no longer tell authorities to specifically single out and reject
Syrian refugees when processing new visa applications, the official
said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the order before it
is made public.
The Wall Street Journal also reported that the revised order
includes the seven countries targeted in the initial order but excludes
those with green cards.
US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Saturday the new executive order will be “tighter.”
“The president is contemplating issuing a tighter, more
streamlined version of the first [executive order],” Kelly said at the
Munich Security Conference.
“I will have, this time, the opportunity … to work the roll-out
plan in particular to make sure that there’s no one in a sense caught
in the system moving from overseas to our airports, which happened in
the first release," he said.
Trump’s previous order to impose a 90-day entry ban on citizens
from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia, block refugees
from Syria indefinitely, and suspend all refugee admissions for 120
days, was blocked not long after being released by a federal judge.
Tens of thousands of protesters have rallied in US cities and several world capitals over Trump’s immigration policy.
Trump’s now suspended order has sparked a global backlash,
including from American allies that view the restrictions as divisive
and discriminatory. Governments from London and Berlin to Jakarta spoke
out against the travel order.