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Trump Rolls Out New Muslim Travel Ban

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Trump Rolls Out New Muslim Travel Ban

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Reprinted with permission from the AlterNet.

On Monday, President Donald Trump signed an updated immigration executive order barring immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries, all of which were included in the original order. The new version exempts Iraq and eliminates the rule that specifically protects religious minorities from the ban.

Iraq, according to officials who spoke to the New York Times, has agreed to improve the quality of travel documentation and share more information about Iraqis coming to the United States.

The initial order, which set off a series of protests at airports nationwide, was widely believed to be a Muslim ban in disguise, particularly with the addition of the religious minority exception, which allowed, for example, Syrian Christians, but not their Muslim neighbors, to enter the United States.

Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen remain in Trump’s crosshairs. Citizens of the six countries are subject to a 90-day freeze on visa processing, while as the Times reports, “the administration continues to analyze how to enhance vetting procedures.” The United States’ refugee program is also suspended for 120 days, and according to the Washington Post, the U.S. “will not accept more than 50,000 refugees in a year, down from the 110,000 cap set by the Obama administration.”

The administration, as the Post notes, “also attempted to lay out a more robust national security justification for the order, claiming that it was needed because 300 people who entered the country as refugees were the subject of counterterrorism investigations.” They declined to name the countries the 300 suspects are from or provide additional evidence for the accusations.

In a departure from the cameras and fanfare on display during the January 27 rollout, the new Executive Order was signed in private, and according to the Times, “In a break with standard practice, participants of the call didn’t give their names to reporters even though journalists had agreed to identify them only as unnamed officials as a condition of joining the briefing.” The rollout of the order will occur over two weeks, perhaps in an effort to avoid the chaos and confusion of—and fierce opposition to—the previous plan’s same-day implementation.

Immigration advocacy and civil liberties groups have vowed to fight the new ban. In a statement sent to reporters following Trump’s announcement, Matthew Segal, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, said, “President Trump’s original executive order stranded travelers, upended families, disrupted businesses and institutions globally, and faced many federal lawsuits. The ACLU of Massachusetts will closely monitor this new Executive Order and assess its validity.”

Ilana Novick is an AlterNet contributing writer and production editor.

IMAGE: Geoff Livingston / Flickr



  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth March 6, 2017

    Notice that the ban again very clearly and carefully avoids mentioning any of the Arab Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, where Trump has business deals. As we already know, the deadliest attack on American soil was carried out mostly by Saudi nationals steeped in Wahhabi interpretations of Islam—an interpretation which had its origins in that Kingdom in the 16th Century.
    Osama bin Laden got his Wahabbi sentiments as a result of growing up in Saudi Arabia. Nor is Egypt mentioned, another nation that breeds a slightly different brand of fanaticism than that which has been cultivated in Saudi Arabia. Trump is more concerned about his money deals than with protecting America. National Security to him is just a slogan to appease the gullible among his millions of followers.

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    2. FireBaron March 7, 2017

      Aaron, to be specific, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and the Chechen region of Russia are the countries where people who have committed acts of terror in the US are from. None of them have been included in the “Keep Out List”. However, we have listed people from countries we are working with to combat terrorism.
      I guess Teflon Donnie doesn’t believe people in our embassies are capable of telling who could be a problem.
      This brings up another issue. Many of those countries maintain missions and embassies in the US for both here and the UN. Will his “ban” deny people admission who are traveling on diplomatic passports? Think we have problems with some countries now? Can you imaging the **** storm if we tried denying them entry?

      1. Dapper Dan March 7, 2017

        I wonder that if the ban kicked out anyone with a mental illness we could be rid of Trump and his ilk for good ? ????
        Just the ones that are a threat to our national security of course. I know Trump has driven more than a few people bonkers ????


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