|For weeks now the White House has said that President Trump would sign a new Executive Order banning travel from certain countries that are deemed to have a higher incidence of terrorist activity. Initially slated to be signed last week, the White House held the Order to take advantage of what was deemed a successful address to Congress last Tuesday.
The new Order has the same title as the January 27, 2017 Order that was halted by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals: “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”
The new Order, signed today, supersedes the January 27 Order, and while it is very similar to the January Order, there are a few significant differences:
– Iraq was removed from the list of countries that now totals six: Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Syria and Yemen.
– A number of exemptions now exist, including: individuals who have dual-nationality or diplomatic visas, individuals already granted asylum or refugee status and individuals who are reentering the country who have a work or study visa, among others.
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