President Trump is expected to sign a new travel ban executive order on Monday, Politico reports. The new order will reportedly include 6 countries in the Middle East and Africa.
After his last ban was struck down by a circuit court in California, President Trump and his administration have gone back to the drawing board to fix it and make sure courts can’t find fault with it, though it is expected that they will try.
While there are no official reports as to what will be different – the Associated Press is reporting that President Trump removed Iraq off the list, as they are important allies in the fight against ISIS.
Politico has more:
President Donald Trump is expected to sign on Monday a new executive order on his controversial travel ban at the Department of Homeland Security, according to senior government officials familiar with the matter.
It is unclear how significant the changes to the current order will be or whether the White House will continue a court fight over its old order.
The original order restrained immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, temporarily halted the entry of refugees and indefinitely shut down the entrance of refugees from Syria.
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was heading on Saturday to Mar-a-Lago “for an EO launch meeting” with a team from the Department of Justice. They will meet with DHS officials and the president, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The administration’s first executive order was frozen by judges and has proven one of the biggest embarrassments for a nascent administration. It caused widespread chaos at airports, as enforcement agents, lawmakers and some of Trump’s top aides were not briefed on the order.
The new order has been rumored for several weeks but was postponed from Wednesday after the president’s widely-praised speech to Congress. Trump’s team is said to have wanted to keep the momentum going from the address.
But after a series of aggressive tweets from the president Saturday morning, in which he accused former President Barack Obama of tapping his phone at Trump Tower before the election, the executive order could prove welcome for his supporters.