Is Trump's New Executive Order on Travel 'New' Enough?

The directive, which includes a 120-day ban on all refugees, takes effect on 16 March.

This lets the government "be more transparent with the American people and to implement more effectively policies and practices that serve the national interest", the order states.

"I am pleased that several state attorneys general are combining our resources to continue to fight the President's attempt to fulfill a campaign promise of banning Muslims from entering the United States". "The administration is just rearranging the chairs at the same table". When courts ask whether the second go at a travel ban amounts to unconstitutional religious discrimination, Mr Trump's press releases, speech transcripts and tweets will all entered into the record as evidence of the ban's true objective.

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In trying to justify itself, the order points out that 300 people admitted to the U.S.as refugees were investigated for counter terrorism purposes.

Trump's new order also explicitly revokes his prior order, which had been on hold following a court challenge from Ferguson.

Legal challenges against Trump's revised travel ban mounted Thursday as Washington state said it would renew its request to block the executive order.

The previous order, which was blocked by a federal court, sparked confusion at airports and mass protests.

An earlier version of the report reads that "foreign-born, USA -based individuals who were inspired by a foreign terrorist organization to participate in terrorism-related activity were citizens of 26 different countries, with no one country representing more than 13.5 per cent of the foreign-born total". It also removed an indefinite ban on all refugees from Syria.

Trump's revised ban blocks new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries including Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen.

Removes the preference given to refugees from members of minority religious groups, such as Christians - a distinction many Christian groups considered unChristian.

The new order, set to go into effect on March 16, also contains exceptions for dual citizens and holders of green cards who want to travel to the US from the restricted countries.

The court documents cited those remarks from White House senior adviser Stephen Miller to support Hawaii's claim that the second executive order is "infected with the same legal problems as the first".

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman blasted the new order as a ban on Mulims entering the U.S.

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But, as pointed out in an amicus brief challenging the order from 10 top national security figures, including former secretaries of State and Homeland Security, and former Central Intelligence Agency and NSA directors, "since 2001, not a single terrorist attack in the United States has been perpetrated by aliens from the countries named in the Order".

  • Larry Hoffman