President Trump Signs Updated Travel Ban Into Executive Order

Forty-five signed a revised executive order restricting immigration access to the United States from six countries Monday (March 6). Iraq was noticeably dropped from the new travel ban. The updated order comes six weeks after Trump’s initial Muslim ban, which was eventually shot down in federal court, covering Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

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“We cannot compromise our nation’s security by allowing visitors entry when their own governments are unable or unwilling to provide the information we need to vet them responsibly, or when those governments actively support terrorism.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday.

President Trump stated within the new ban that the former “was not motivated by any animus toward religion, but was instead intended to protect the ability of religious minorities,” and will be implemented on March 16. The newest version does not include current visa holders and drops the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, which has been reduced to 120 days.

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Iraq was removed from the ban because government officials worried it would undermine the stability of the United States-allied government. “The United States welcomes this kind of close cooperation,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. “This revised order will bolster the security of the united states and our allies.”