President Trump has signed a revised executive order to reinstate a travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries.
The new executive order prevents citizens from six of the seven countries named in Trump’s original order from entering the US – Iraq is no longer on the list.
Another significant difference is that that permanent US residents are exempt from the ban.
The suspension of the entire US refugee program for 120 days remains in place.
The new order comes after a federal judge blocked the original ban and a federal appeals court upheld that ruling. Today’s new executive order, which goes into effect at 00:01 ET on 16th March 2017, aims to withstand court challenges.
It is not yet known if the new executive order will cause a repeat of the protests and chaos at airports nationwide and draw international condemnation like we saw 5 weeks ago.
Trump has defended the travel ban, claiming it is to prevent “bad guys” from entering the country.