President Trump signed a revised executive order that reactivates his immigration ban, this time addressing the challenges placing his original order in legal limbo. According to legal pundits, while the revised executive order still bans immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days, and freezes the U.S. refugee program for 120 days, it’s more likely to withstand legal challenges.
The immigration ban still applies to Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, but comes with some notable revisions. For starters, the order removes Iraq from the list of banned countries. The executive order was also a low-key affair behind closed doors, with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeting a photo of the event.
Below are four other crucial points to know about Trump’s revised executive order.
Legal Permanent Residents and Visa Holders Safe
Perhaps the most controversial part of Trump’s original executive order was how it barred individuals with legitimate green cards and visas.
Dr. Amer al-Homssi, a 24-year-old Syrian citizen and medical resident at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was stranded in Dubai after pre-clearance officials detained him and canceled his J-1 visa. This placed al-Homssi in danger of being deported by the U.A.E. to his war-torn country, which he left when he was still a child. He has since been allowed to fly back to Chicago, but only after suing the federal government.
All Refugees Banned for 120 Days
Another notable change in the order is the removal of an indefinite restriction on Syrian refugees. This time around, the order restricts refugees from all countries for a four-month period.
No Longer a Muslim Ban?
The White House also removed the provision allowing Christians from the list of predominantly Muslim countries to enter the U.S., further fuelling accusations of the order being a Muslim ban.
The revised order also lists specific requirements for anyone seeking a waiver of the ban, a move that may be in response to special cases, such as that of an Iranian family caught in the ban as they were entering the country to seek medical treatment for their baby suffering from a heart defect.
Travel Ban to Take Effect on March 16
The Trump administration seems to have learned from the problems caused by its original executive order, which was reportedly implemented without briefing GOP lawmakers and key officials in the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State.
This time around, the White House is reportedly working closely with all relevant agencies to ensure the order’s smooth implementation. The order takes effect ten days after its March 6 signing, which should give the administration sufficient time to guide and prepare airports, airlines, and other stakeholders.
For more information on this new immigration ban, you can contact the legal team of the Lyttle Law Firm. Schedule a consultation with immigration attorney Daniella Lyttle to learn about the rights of anyone that could be affected by the executive order.