Trump Officials Defend 'Common Sense' and 'Constitutional' Executive Order on Travel Restrictions

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. The countries are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen. The new ban goes into effect March 16. Syrian refugees will now be treated like refugees from other countries and be subjected to a 120-day suspension of the refugee program. Some of the highest-ranking members of Trump's cabinet also pushed for Iraq to be excluded from the new executive order, including Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and national security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster, CNN reported.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is claiming victory after President Donald Trump rescinded his previous executive order banning travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries and replaced it with a much narrower ban.

Trump administration officials have said the new order aims to overcome the legal challenges to the first.

The previous order suspended the entire USA refugee resettlement programme and blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the US.

"This executive order seeks to protect the American people as well as lawful immigrants by putting in place an enhanced screening and vetting process for visitors from six countries", Sessions said.

"It's deeply disappointing that the Trump administration has failed to learn the basic Constitutional principles that led to the rejection of his first Muslim ban by the federal courts", Lierberman said.

At the time, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi called the order - which had language suggesting that Christians and minorities would be exempted from the ban - an "insult".

As before, the order will suspend refugee entries for 120 days.

"This Executive Order ensures that we have a functional immigration system that safeguards our national security", the statement read.

While there are marked differences between the two orders, MA lawyers and advocates say the intent is clearly the same.

That's because the ban, while doing virtually nothing to deter terrorist attacks in this country, aids the recruitment efforts of the Islamic State and other extremist groups by substantiating their case that anti-Islamic bigotry thrives in the United States.

In a bid to avoid the scenes of chaos and confusion at United States airports when the original order was issued on January 27th, the revised order comes into force on March 16th, though legal challenges are expected. The administration said the new order was needed to address urgent security threats. The ban was eventually blocked in federal court, with the Ninth Circuit of Appeals upholding a stay preventing further implementation.

  • Leroy Wright