Travel Revisions

Trump reforms immigration ban

Photo courtesy of Tribune News Service.

President Donald Trump signed a modified immigration ban on Monday, Mar. 6.

The new ban does have some similarities to the Jan. 27 executive order.

Citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will still be under a 90-day travel ban. Iraq, however, was taken off of the banned list because their government has boosted visa screening and data sharing, according to White House officials.

There will be a 120-day ban on refugees. However, refugees that have been approved by the State Department may enter the U.S. There is also no indefinite ban on all Syrian refugees.

The revised legislation will not affect those who have visas or green cards.

It will not favor religious minorities arriving from the countries mentioned.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a news conference on Monday, March 6 to talk about the new directive.

Sessions said three of the banned nations were state sponsors of terrorism.

“[The other three are] countries where governments have lost control of their territory to terrorists groups,” he said.

Tillerson said the order is part of continuing efforts to eliminate weaknesses that could be exploited by radical Islamic terrorists.

“The state department will implement the provisions in this order that allow for the admissions of refugees when it is determined they do not pose a risk to the security or welfare of the United States,” he said.

Kelly said that those who work in the Department of Homeland Security will carry out the law.

“We are going to work closely to implement and enforce this humanely, respectfully, and with professionalism,” he said.

The executive order will officially be in place Thursday, Mar. 16. White House officials said they hope the 10-day notice will avoid any chaos.

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