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Trump’s revised travel ban will target same countries: Report

21 February 2017 14:44


US President Donald Trump’s revised immigration ban includes the same seven countries targeted in the original executive order, according to a new report.

The initial order barred refugees and people from seven predominately Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — from entering the United States.

The new order will also exempt people who already have a visa to travel to the United States, even if they haven’t used it yet, or who hold green cards, and dual citizens of the US and any of those countries are also exempt, The Associated Press reported on Monday, quoting a senior administration official.

In addition, the new order, expected to be released this week, will no longer tell authorities to specifically single out and reject Syrian refugees when processing new visa applications, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the order before it is made public.

The Wall Street Journal also reported that the revised order includes the seven countries targeted in the initial order but excludes those with green cards.

US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Saturday the new executive order will be “tighter.”

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere (L) looks down beside of US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly (R) during a talk on the second day of the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, southern Germany, on February 18, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

“The president is contemplating issuing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first [executive order],” Kelly said at the Munich Security Conference.

“I will have, this time, the opportunity … to work the roll-out plan in particular to make sure that there’s no one in a sense caught in the system moving from overseas to our airports, which happened in the first release,” he said.

Trump’s previous order to impose a 90-day entry ban on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia, block refugees from Syria indefinitely, and suspend all refugee admissions for 120 days, was blocked not long after being released by a federal judge.

People protest at a rally in front of the Stonewall Inn in solidarity with immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees on February 4, 2017 in New York.(Photo by AFP)

Tens of thousands of protesters have rallied in US cities and several world capitals over Trump’s immigration policy.

Trump’s now suspended order has sparked a global backlash, including from American allies that view the restrictions as divisive and discriminatory. Governments from London and Berlin to Jakarta spoke out against the travel order.

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