From [HERE] US President Donald Trump signed a new immigration executive order Monday, which contains several departures from the original January executive order [text]. Notably, Iraqi citizens are no longer ineligible to receive new visas. The order also sets out classes of people eligible to apply for case-by-case waivers to the order, including those who were previously admitted to the US for "a continuous period of work, study, or other long-term activity," those with "significant business or professional obligations" and those seeking to visit or live with family. However, the six Muslim-majority countries listed on the original ban will continue to be blocked from obtaining new visas. Furthermore, the refugee program will be suspended for 120 days and will accept no more than 50,000 refugees a year, down from the 110,000 set by the Obama administration. The order will take effect on March 16.
The ACLU stated, "the new executive order is a major retreat by the administration, reflecting that, as courts around the country have recognized, the original order was deeply flawed and totally unjustified. But the fundamental truth of this new order, like the old one, remains unchanged: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and the ban is his attempt to make good on that unconstitutional and indefensible goal."
"We believe the new order continues to be based on religious discrimination,"Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project said. "That was the core problem with the first executive order and remains a serious problem with this executive order." [MORE]
The ban was "narrowed in light of the court decisions, but it wasn't narrowed sufficiently to eliminate the constitutional problems," Gelernt says. The new changes don't go into effect until March 16th, but the ACLU will be in court before then to try to keep the current injunctions in place.
Candidate Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Again and again, he refused to disown this proposal, expressing his opinion that “Islam hates us” and that there are “problems with Muslims coming into the country.” [MORE]
Last week the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied [JURIST report] a request by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to stay an appeal on Trump's previous controversial immigration executive order. The DOJ requested [JURIST reports] a hold on the court proceedings until Trump issued a new order. Last month the appeals court upheld [JURIST report] a lower court decision issuing a stay on the executive order pending further legal proceedings.