PHOTO: Donald Trump is expected to announce Travel Ban. 2.0 on Monday, March 6. (Photo via Flickr/Gage Skidmore)
Several major media outlets are reporting that President Donald Trump on Monday will finally sign a second executive order putting a temporary travel ban in place on immigrants from several predominantly Muslim countries.
The President’s initial ban, signed on Jan. 27 shortly after he took office, was successfully challenged in federal court and overturned on Feb. 9.
“We're issuing a new executive action next week that will comprehensively protect our country,” Trump said two weeks ago. “So we'll be going along the one path and hopefully winning that, at the same time we will be issuing a new and very comprehensive order to protect our people.”
In January, Trump signed an executive order banning all travel from seven primarily Muslim countries for 90 days – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – due to their alleged ties to terrorism.
It sparked an immediate backlash from those who perceived it to be a Muslim ban, including protesters who rallied at airports across the country.
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The new executive order, known as ‘Travel Ban 2.0’, is expected to have several changes from the first iteration.
The second version is expected to exclude Iraq from the list of countries and is also expected to now allow legal permanent residents and existing visa holders to enter the country.
The new travel ban will likely have tighter language that would make it easier for the administration to survive lawsuits that would hold up any new executive order.
According to the Washington Post, Trump met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly — both central to the implementation of the order — on Saturday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida to fine-tune the details of the new executive order.