The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals may have won the battle, but it looks like the Trump administration may win the war: An unnamed White House official has told The Associated Press that the White House planned to reissue its travel ban on several countries with terrorism problems.
The official told the AP last week that the order was “on track” to be signed Monday, a date confirmed to ABC News by several senior Trump administration officials. The order would revoke and replace the previous order that was struck down by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in February.
There were several major differences in the two orders. The most significant difference was the removal of Iraq from the list of countries affected, as both the Pentagon and State Department had voiced concerns that barring Iraqis could hinder America’s ability to carry out the war on the Islamic State group.
The other six countries in the original order — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — reportedly remained on the list.
Most of the other changes were designed to make the order more resistant to legal challenges. For one, permanent legal residents and those who already had U.S. visas would not be affected by the order, meaning that the order would apply only to future visa applicants.
The temporary ban on refugees, which was applied only to Syria in the original order, was extended to all six countries on the list. It was also expected to exclude a provision that gave preference to religious minorities — a measure critics say was meant to favor Christian refugees over Muslim ones.
ABC News reported that the president had wanted to fight for the original order in court. However, Breitbart reported that after the order was struck down by the 9th Circuit in February, over 60 percent of the refugees who arrived in the United States in the two weeks that followed — 2,576 in total — were from the seven countries on the list, presumably leading the administration to take the most efficient course of action.
And, while it may still not be a perfect move, it’s unquestionably a step in the right direction.
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