On Monday President Trump signed an executive order that revises his previous travel restrictions. The new order removes Iraq from the travel embargo while also only restricting Syrian refugee admittance to 120-days, as opposed to the indefinite ban imposed by the previous order.
The new rendition comes six weeks after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the travel ban stating that the Trump administration showed “no evidence” that residents of the seven effected countries had committed acts of terror on U.S. soil.
A revised version of this bill was expected earlier last week, but was delayed due to the Trump administration wanting to better coordinate with federal agencies and improve its public relations impact.
The new travel restrictions will not take place immediately, instead they will be phased slowly with it being fully implemented on March 16th. This measure was implemented to avoid the previous chaos the last travel ban had caused that left countless people stranded at airports while the Department of Homeland Security decided whether or not to let them enter.
Democratic opposition to the bill has already begun. Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana tweeted “Here we go again…Muslim Ban 2.0 #NoBanNoWall.” Chuck Schumer has also chimed in, tweeting, “To be clear, this updated
#MuslimBan makes us less safe, not more, it is mean-spirited & un-American.”
Who’s effected by the travel restrictions?
- Citizens residing in Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Sudan and Libya will be barred from visa processing
- The United States will not take any more refugees from any country for 120 days
Who isn’t effected by the travel restrictions?
- People already granted asylum – they will be allowed entrance into the United States
- Current green card holders from the six countries – all of them will still be allowed access
- Iraqi nationals are permitted to apply for green cards – the new ban doesn’t effect them
Last updated at 3/6/2017 at 1:05 PM CST