President Donald Trump signed a revised version of his travel ban on Monday. The new version is very similar to the original executive order, except that it excludes Iraqi citizens, legal permanent residents, and existing visa holders from the travel ban:
The new order also will ban travelers from six countries who did not obtain a visa before Jan. 27 from entering the United States for 90 days. The directive no longer includes Iraq, as the original order did, but covers immigration and travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Iraq, a key U.S. ally in the fight against ISIS, was removed from the travel ban list after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he spoke with the Iraqi government about its vetting process and felt that the screening system was thorough enough to stand on its own.
Tillerson called the revised order “part of our ongoing efforts to eliminate vulnerabilities that radical Islamic terrorists can and will exploit.”
The new order also makes it clear that Syrian refugees will not be banned indefinitely from entering the United States.
Of course, the revised order was still blasted by liberals:
“A watered down ban is still a ban,” Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a written statement. “Despite the administration’s changes, this dangerous executive order makes us less safe, not more, it is mean-spirited, and un-American. It must be repealed.”
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