President Trump has issued a revised “travel ban” — an updated one from the previous ban that was blocked in federal court.
It will temporarily bar people from six countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days: Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, but people with valid visas and green cards will be allowed to enter.
Iraq is no longer on the list — after the Trump administration worked with the Iraqi government to improve vetting of its citizens.
The U.S. refugee program will be suspended for 120 days and caps the number of refugees allowed in the U.S at 50,000 (the Obama administration capped it at 110,000 people).
Refugees from Syria are treated the same as any other country — while the previous ban indefinitely suspended them.
The Trump administration said the temporary ban is so they can put in stricter vetting procedures. The Dept. of Justice said there are 300 refugees that are under investigation by the FBI for potential terrorism-related activities.
The Trump administration emphasized it was not a ban against Muslims but an action to protect the U.S. from terrorism.
But two Muslim congressmen criticized the ban, saying it targeted Muslims. Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) said it was “Muslim Ban 2.0” — and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said this ban is a Muslim ban.
This new ban will go effect within 10 days (on March 16) — on that day the previous ban will “dissolve” — and it might end various challenges in court against the first travel ban.