Donald Trump's new travel ban faces another legal challenge
The President’s first travel ban had been taken to court by the state of Washington and slapped down – yet Trump announced he would challenge the ruling and take the case to the Supreme Court.
Trump then issued a new executive order earlier this week which supplanted the earlier order.
The second and newest travel ban refused entry from six Muslim-majority nations instead of seven – with Iraq being taken off the original list of seven countries.
During the first ban there was confusion as to whether migrants from the banned countries who held green cards were allowed into the US.
The second ban meant entry to green card holders would not be affected and also places a 20-day freeze on all refugee arrivals from March 16.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) claimed that Iraq had been taken off the list of banned nations due to “commitments from the Government of Iraq”.
The DHS said: “Iraq has taken steps to increase their cooperation with the United States in the vetting of Iraqi nationals and as such it was determined that a temporary suspension is not warranted.”
Donald Trump faces a headache over his new travel ban
SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
Citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are still barred from entering the US for 90 days under the new order.
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According to the DHS, those six nations have been “identified as presenting concerns about terrorism and travel to the United States”.
New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he was examining Trump’s new ban and could lodge a legal challenge of his own.
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The second ban meant entry to green card holders would not be affected
Schneiderman said: “While the White House may have made changes to the ban, the intent to discriminate against Muslims remains clear.
“This doesn’t just harm the families caught in the chaos of President Trump’s draconian policies – it’s diametrically opposed to our values, and makes us less safe.”
Following the banning of the first travel ban last month, Donald Trump tweeted: “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!”
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