New Trump Immigration Ban Will Target Same Seven Nations

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A draft of President Trump’s revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven’t used it yet, the Associated Press reports. A senior administration official said the order, which Trump revised after courts held up his original immigration and refugee ban, will target only those same seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. The official said that green-card holders and dual citizens of the U.S. and any of those countries are exempt. The new draft also no longer directs authorities to single out and reject Syrian refugees when processing new visa applications.

The official noted that the draft is subject to change ahead of its signing, which Trump said could happen this week. Trump’s original executive order led to chaos at airports around the world, as travelers were detained when the order rapidly went into effect, and U.S. permanent residents known as green-card holders were among them. The order temporarily suspended all travel to the U.S. for citizens of those seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. Even if Syrian refugees are no longer automatically rejected under the new order, the pace of refugees entering the U.S. is likely to slow significantly. That’s because courts have left untouched Trump’s 50,000-per-year refugee cap, a cut of more than half from the cap under the Obama administration. The U.S. has taken in 35,000 refugees this year, leaving less than 15,000 spots before hitting Trump’s cap.

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