Sources say a draft of President Trump's revised travel ban targets the same predominantly Muslim countries listed in the original executive order.
U.S. secretary for homeland security John Kelly is reported to have made the announcement while in Germany for the 53rd session of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. Under that order, travel to the United States was blocked for 90 days for citizens from the seven countries.
The President's new order, which is expected to also face legal challenges, would reportedly exempt green card and visa holders, and those with dual citizenship. That said, we will have a short phase-in period to make sure that people on the other end don't get on airplanes.
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Even if Syrian refugees are no longer automatically rejected under the new order, the pace of refugees entering the US from all countries is likely to slow significantly. Stating that it does not want a larger appellate panel to review the court ruling, Trump administration in a court filing on February 16 said, it would soon replace the travel ban with his new executive order.
The U.S. has already taken in more than 35,000 refugees this year, leaving less than 15,000 spots before hitting Trump's cap, according to a U.S. official. The Trump administration has said that people from these nations pose a superlative national security threat, a claim that remains unsubstantiated.
"The figures released by the Department of Justice show that people from countries that are subject to Mr Trump's ban have strong grounds for worldwide protection", chief executive of the Irish Refugee Council (IRC), Nick Henderson, said yesterday.