Trump's new travel ban faces resistance from five states
Washington DC, Mar 10: President Trump's newly signed executive order placing a 9o-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim countries on Monday, has been protested against by five US states.
The new executive order of banning travel from six Muslim countries, begins on 16 March, with the White House Saying its “very confident” of wining in court.
The new revised ban is a barrier to visas for people from: Iran, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen. Plus, it temporarily blocks all refugees. Citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, the other six countries on the original 27 January order, will once more be subject to a 90-day travel ban.
Iraq has been taken off the banned list because its government has boosted visa screening and data sharing, White House officials said.
Mr Trump’s original order was more expansive but it was defeated after a legal challenge initially mounted by Washington and Minnesota.
Three US states have joined Hawaii in a legal challenge against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.
The new order faced critical resistances from five states.
Oregon – the order hurts residents, employers, universities health care system and economy
Washington – it has “same illegal motivations as the original”
New York – “a Muslim ban by another name” said the attorney general
Massachusetts - new order “remains a discriminatory and unconstitutional attempt to make good on his campaign promise to implement a Muslim ban”
Hawaii – argued it would harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students.
The new directive says refugees already approved by the State Department can enter the US. It also lifts an indefinite ban on all Syrian refugees.
Green Card holders (legal permanent residents of the US) from the named countries will not be affected.
The new order does not give priority to religious minorities, unlike the previous directive.Critics of the Trump administration had argued that this was an unlawful policy showing preference to Christian refugees.
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