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President Trump Expected to Sign New Executive Order on Travel Bans -- Update

6 Mar 2017 12:18 am
By Laura Meckler 

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is expected to sign Monday a revised version of his executive order banning travel of people from certain nations to the U.S., scaling back a policy that prompted widespread protests and court challenges.

The changes are meant to put the order on stronger legal and political footing and are the result of greater collaboration among government agencies than preceded the first order, issued less than a week after Mr. Trump took office. Still, the new version is virtually certain to face a fresh court challenge.

The new order was originally scheduled for release last week but was delayed until Monday, people familiar with the planning said. It is possible the timing could slip again.

Several key provisions of the original executive order were put on hold last month by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

The new version is expected to still ban travel from several Muslim-majority nations, but unlike the original, it will leave Iraq off the list, several people familiar with the planning said.

Six others countries will remain, they said. That decision to remove Iraq came after lobbying by senior administration officials, diplomats and Iraqis, who warned that including Iraq risked doing lasting harm to bilateral relations at a critical moment in the war with Islamic State.

The White House has said banning entry from these countries is necessary to prevent terrorist attacks in the U.S.

In another important change, the new order is expected to apply only to future visa applicants from the targeted countries, with current visa holders and legal permanent residents, or green-card holders, unaffected. That is a significant rollback from the original, which impacted nearly 60,000 existing visa holders from seven nations, according to the State Department. The original order was unclear about the treatment of green-card holders.

That change could address concerns cited by the appellate court, which said the original order likely violated constitutional due-process protections for travelers excluded from the country, because they weren't given notice of the policy or a chance to challenge their denial of entry into the U.S. It is possible the administration could avoid the same kinds of due-process issues by focusing on foreigners who don't have green cards or visas in hand, meaning they haven't been previously approved for U.S. travel.

In a separate legal challenge to the first order, a Virginia federal judge ruled that the travel ban likely violated constitutional protections against religious discrimination by singling out Muslims.

The new order is expected to remove a provision giving preference to refugees who are members of religious minorities, which was expected to benefit Christians coming from Muslim nations, several people said. It is unclear if this or possibly other changes would be enough to address those concerns.

The revised order is expected to again temporarily suspend the admission of refugees to the U.S., but unlike the original, it is likely to treat Syrian refugees the same way as those from other countries, people familiar with the planning said. The original executive order suspended the entire refugee program for four months and indefinitely suspended admission of Syrian refugees.

It is possible that some details may change before the final order is signed, but people familiar with the planning say this plan, agreed to last week inside the White House, was mostly set.

Mr. Trump had planned to issue the new order last Wednesday, but the White House decided to push it back. Several people said the delay was political, with officials seeking to capitalize on positive coverage of Mr. Trump's address to Congress on Tuesday evening.

Brent Kendall contributed to this article.

Write to Laura Meckler at laura.meckler@wsj.com
 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

March 05, 2017 19:18 ET (00:18 GMT)

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