UNITED STATES (3/6/17) — In a private ceremony, President Donald Trump today signed a new executive order aimed at immigration reform. The new order places a 60-day halt on issuing new visas from six countries, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. These are the same countries as the previous one, save for Iraq, which has been excluded from this version.
The executive order replaces the previous one, which called for a ban on immigration from seven countries for 90 days, which drew issues when lawful American citizens were detained at airports. The new executive order will go into effect on March 16.
Various civil rights groups have vowed to fight the executive order, including the ACLU, who said in a statement “The Trump administration has conceded that its original Muslim ban was indefensible. Unfortunately, it has replaced it with a scaled-back version that shares the same fatal flaws. The only way to actually fix the Muslim ban is not to have a Muslim ban.”
This is a developing story. We will have the latest as it becomes available.