Like the old saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed…
On Monday the Trump administration unveiled their newly revised executive order on immigration and refugees (aka their new travel ban). While the new executive order does share many similarities with the earlier one, the Trump administration is hoping that the revised version will clear up any confusion that the original may have caused, specifically when it comes to detaining individuals with valid green cards and visas at US airports. More importantly, they’re hoping the federal courts leave this one alone.
So what’s in President Trump’s new travel ban? We’ll break it down with our 10-Point Expert!
Point 1: The intent of President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban is similar to his original one; to temporarily ban individuals – particularly refugees – that reside in the chosen Muslim-majority countries from entering the US. The countries that are mentioned in President Trump’s revised travel ban are: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Specifically, President Trump’s executive order states for the next 90 days, visas will not be issued to those six before-mentioned countries.
Point 2: One of the major differences in President Trump’s revised travel ban is the exclusion of Iraq as being one of those banned countries. This change comes after talks with national security officials telling the State and Defense Departments that placing Iraqis within the travel ban could potentially destabilize the US-allied Iraqi government. In return however, the Iraqi government promises to create a stronger vetting process for Iraqis applying for visas into the US. Also, the move sidesteps embarrassing (and frankly disgraceful) situations like these:
Point 3: The Trump administration however stated that citizens on the six country travel ban list can apply for a waiver to enter the US for “urgent cases”, but it’s unclear how that waiver process would work or how responsive it would be.
Point 4: Along with the travel ban on the six Muslim-majority countries, the Trump administration made clear that the new executive order would not affect green card holders and those who already have been issued visas. So while this technically should stop the number of detentions at airports or the blocking of people from boarding some US-bound flights, it’s still unclear how Customs and Border Protection agents will enforce President Trump’s revised executive order.
Point 5: Another major part of the Trump administration’s revised travel ban is that for the next 120 days, the US won’t be allowing any new refugees from entering the country. Yet while the original executive order stated that exceptions for the ban would be made regarding “persecuted religious minorities”, the new one has no such clause.
Point 6: However, a major change from President Trump’s original travel ban is that after 120 days, ALL refugees will be allowed into the US from any country. Originally the executive order had said that Syrian refugees would be blocked from entering the US indefinitely, but with the revised travel ban, that looks to not be the case.
Point 7: Many have speculated that during the 120 days that bar any refugees from entering the US, the Trump administration will try and create a more permanent changes to the refugee and visa processes. Though getting actual legislation passed on this measure would be easier said than done after the rollout of the original travel ban had been so unpopular.
Point 8: Something that the revised travel ban shares with its past iteration is making countries provide more thorough information about their citizens wanting to come into the United States. Countries that can’t comply to these standards will be placed on a permanent ban list, thus replacing the 90-day ban list that was in the original travel ban.
Point 9: The hope that the Trump administration has with the new travel ban is that it doesn’t cause the same amount of chaos that the original did, while trying to accomplish the same goal of barring refugees and individuals from certain nations from entering the US.
Point 10: While President Trump’s new executive order does clear up specifics regarding the original one, it doesn’t however address the underlining reason why the federal courts halted it initially. The logic of the court was that the original travel ban had broken federal law by being discriminatory to a specific group of people; in this case Muslims. However, the core reasoning behind the revised executive order looks to be similar; to block entry of individuals from predominantly Muslim-countries. The question is whether the Trump administration will be able to defend the new revised travel ban in court effectively and prove that the executive order is more of an issue regarding national security than profiling of a particular people. But that could be a hard sell. Considering the underlining goal of the revised travel ban looks to have the same effect, that could very well be a tough sell.
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