Revised travel order bans visa applications from 6 Muslim-majority countries; Iraq excluded

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Updated: President Donald Trump has signed a revised travel order that bans for 90 days the issuance of new visas for citizens of six Muslim-majority nations, the Associated Press reports.

At the urging of the Pentagon and State Department, the revised order does not include Iraq because of that country’s efforts against the Islamic State Group.

The order will take effect March 16, the Washington Post reported.

The Trump administration’s earlier travel order, crafted and implemented at the end of his first week in office without providing details to the Congress, Cabinet officials and others in government, caused confusion and pushback, including from the courts.

The new version narrows the order, calling now for a 90-day halt on entry from people from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen unless they already have valid visas. It was crafted to avoid legal issues raised about the earlier order, which included concerns that it created religious preferences.

The new order also suspends the acceptance of refugees for 120 days, though refugees already vetted and scheduled by the State Department will be permitted. After the suspension, the number of refugees entering the country will be capped at 50,000. The Obama administration’s cap was 110,000, the Washington Post reported.

The Department of Homeland Security will also review information given the U.S. for its decision-making for travel visas and immigration by the six nations named under the ban, giving them 50 days to comply with requests to improve the processes.

The Washington Post points out that the revised order does not address all concerns raised by the courts. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has said that exempting individuals with green cards and visas from an order wouldn’t address their concerns about U.S. citizens with an interest in noncitizens travel.

Last updated 11:55 a.m. to include additional info from Washington Post.




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