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Published: Mon, March 06, 2017
Technology | By Kate Woods

President Trump Signs Revamped Executive Order Restricting Immigration From 6 Countries


Iraq was removed from the order after agreeing to increase cooperation with the USA government on vetting of its citizens applying for a travel visa, according to the fact sheet released by the Trump administration.

More than 100 academics from Texas colleges and universities signed a petition against the travel ban. Neither the fact sheet nor the FAQ on the new order mentions religion at all.

The order makes clear that lawful permanent residents (otherwise known as green card holders) are excluded from any travel ban, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said on "Fox and Friends" Monday.

The travel ban was not without its supporters at O'Hare on Monday. It's no longer on the list "based on their enhanced screening and reporting measures", she said.

Refugees from any country will be banned from entering the USA for 120 days.

That ban prompted a wave of protests at large global airports across the country, including at O'Hare, as the ban caught many people off-guard.

A senior administration official told the network that they didn't want to undercut coverage of the President's speech.

Critics said the measure targeted Muslims in violation of United States law.

The new order is meant to address complaints raised by the federal judges that parts of the first version were unconstitutional.

All refugees will be be barred for 120 days.

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"Syrian refugees are treated the way all refugees are", Conway added Monday. Further, the administration still believes the courts do not have the right to review such immigration decisions - an argument it may soon find itself repeating, as the new order could well run into similar legal challenges.

Ms Conway also said that green card holders (legal permanent residents of the US) from the named countries will not be affected by the new order.

"The Department of Homeland Security has worked closely with the Department of Justice, the Department of State, and the White House to create an executive order that addresses our information concerns while protecting the homeland and our citizens". The first order included a 120-day stoppage on all refugees except Syrians, who would have been banned indefinitely.

The Justice Department declined to offer details on how many refugees were from the six targeted countries or how numerous individuals are current refugees or green card holders.

Travellers with valid visas who were in the air at the time of the order found themselves detained by border officials on arrival.

Trump's original January 27 order was widely criticised.

Citizens from six countries - Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, and Libya - will be subjected to a 90-day ban on travel to the United States.

"The men and women of the Department of Homeland Security-like their brothers and sisters throughout law enforcement-are decent Americans of character and conscience".

After a weekend of lashing out to his staff and on Twitter at his presidential predecessor (and Apprentice successor), Trump will now be signing an order acknowledging that a move from his first days in office was met with enough resistance that he is taking it back.

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