Iraq is currently off the menu when it comes to a new executive order, which takes effect on March 16th according to Kellyanne Conway, President Trump’s aide. Iraq is not a part of the travel ban anymore because they have ‘enhanced screening and reporting measures.’ This new order does not include people with vias and legal permanent residents. This travel ban is going into effect quickly because President Trump does not want people pouring in before the tougher laws go into effect. Syrian refugees who are looking to resettle are going to be treated the same as all other refugees in that they are not singled out separately for an indefinite travel ban. All of these changes should make these new immigration laws less prone to legal arguments by leftists.
From The Hill:
The president’s original travel ban, issued in January, put a 90-day ban on nationals from seven predominately Muslim counties from entering the U.S. The order also called for a 120-day ban on admitting refugees and an indefinite suspension on resettling Syrian refugees. The order spurred controversy, resulting in protests across the country and backlash from some lawmakers. The order was later blocked by a federal judge in Seattle. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled last month that a nationwide restraining order on the travel ban would stay in place. Trump previously claimed that the travel ban had to be signed immediately because even a week’s notice would have allowed people to “pour in before the toughness goes on.” The president met Saturday evening at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida with a number of administration officials, including Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.