Trump issued an executive order on Monday that replaces his original travel ban on nationals from seven Muslim countries.
US President Donald Trump issued a modified travel ban that excludes nationals from Iraq as well as providing a number of exceptions among those from the six countries included in the new order.
“In light of the Ninth Circuit’s observation that the political branches are better suited to determine the appropriate scope of any suspensions than are the courts, and in order to avoid spending additional time pursuing litigation, I am revoking Executive Order 13769 and replacing it with this order, which expressly excludes from the suspensions categories of aliens that have prompted judicial concerns and which clarifies or refines the approach to certain other issues or categories of affected aliens,” Trump wrote in the new executive order.
Notably, Trump appeared to address the concerns of several district court justices that the previous ban intruded on constitutionally granted rights of due process and equal protection under the law.
“I therefore direct that the entry into the United States of nationals of those six countries (Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iran and Sudan) be suspended for 90 days from the effective date of this order, subject to the limitations, waivers, and exceptions set forth in sections 3 and 12 of this order,” he stated.
Examples of exceptions include legal permanent residents and nationals of the six countries holding valid travel documents of entry or who had been granted asylum.
Trump’s previous ban also excluded nationals from the relevant countries with special diplomatic visas.
Another noticeable difference is the exclusion of Iraq in the modified ban, in large part due to an apparent demonstration of commitment by the Iraqi government to fight terrorism and to screen individuals.
“Iraq’s commitment to combat ISIS justify different treatment for Iraq,” the executive order states. “In particular, those Iraqi government forces that have fought to regain more than half of the territory previously dominated by ISIS have shown steadfast determination and earned enduring respect as they battle an armed group that is the common enemy of Iraq and the United States.”
“In addition, since Executive Order 13769 was issued, the Iraqi government has expressly undertaken steps to enhance travel documentation, information sharing, and the return of Iraqi nationals subject to final orders of removal,” the order continues.
Iraqi nationals will still be required to undergo a thorough review before entry into the US.
By: Jonathan Benedek, World Israel News