TRUMP’s Revised Travel Ban Targets 6 Muslim Nations Dropping Iraq From Earlier List

March 11th, 2017 | by Sukumar Roy
TRUMP’s Revised Travel Ban Targets 6 Muslim Nations Dropping Iraq From Earlier List
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UNITED States of America President Donald Trump has issued a revised executive order temporarily banning entry of people from six Muslim-majority nations barring Iraq who are seeking new visas to the US. His earlier list included seven countries including war torn Iraq sparking outrage from several countries including the Democratic Party and liberals in his own native country over the immigration policy. Confirming the revised immigration policy White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday President Trump signed the order behind closed doors “this morning”. The Revised Order comes into force from March 16, 2017.

The new order says Baghdad has agreed to increase cooperation with the US on the vetting of its citizens applying for visa to travel to America.”Iraqi citizens are not affected by the Executive Order,” says the order.

The Refugee Admissions Program will also be temporarily suspended for the next 120 days while Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and interagency partners review screening procedures to ensure refugees admitted in the future do not pose a security risk to the US, the new order says.

The latest executive order specifies that a 90-day ban on people from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen does not apply to those who already have valid visas.

Any individual who had a valid visa either on January 27, 2017 (prior to 5:00 PM) or holds a valid visa on the effective date of the Executive Order is not barred from entry into the US, according to the order.

“The 90-day period will allow for proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist or criminal infiltration by foreign nationals,” it says.

It is the policy of the United States to keep its citizens safe from terrorist attacks, including those committed by foreign nationals.  To avert the entry into the United States of foreign nationals who may aid, support, or commit violent, criminal, or terrorist acts, it is critical that the executive branch enhance the screening and vetting protocols and procedures for granting visas, admission to the United States, or other benefits under the INA.  For that reason, in the executive order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” and issued today, I directed the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, to conduct a review to “identify whether, and if so what, additional information will be needed from each foreign country to adjudicate an application by a national of that country for a visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA (adjudications) in order to determine that the individual is not a security or public-safety threat.” While that comprehensive review is ongoing, however, this Nation cannot delay the immediate implementation of additional heightened screening and vetting protocols and procedures for issuing visas to ensure that we strengthen the safety and security of our country, the Order said.

The President says it is my constitutional duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” the executive branch is committed to ensuring that all laws related to entry into the United States are enforced rigorously and consistently. As per the order, The Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, shall, as permitted by law, implement protocols and procedures as soon as practicable that in their judgment will enhance the screening and vetting of applications for visas and all other immigration benefits, so as to increase the safety and security of the American people.

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