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New Trump Travel Ban May Target Same Seven Countries

| by Robert Fowler

President Donald Trump has pledged to sign a new executive order on travel after his original directive faced a series of legal challenges. A draft of the new executive action indicates that the Trump administration will revise the original order to better accommodate permanent residents while still maintaining a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.

On Feb. 16, Trump asserted during a press conference that he would sign a new executive order following the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to leave a nationwide restraining order against his directive on travel in place.

"The new order is going to be very much tailored to what I consider to be a very bad decision," Trump said, according to CNN.

On Feb. 19, a circulating draft of the new executive action indicates that it would still place a travel freeze on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. Meanwhile, the directive would explicitly exempt green card holders from those countries, AP reports.

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The new executive action would also rescind the Trump administration's indefinite halt of accepting Syrian refugees, relegating them to the temporary block applied to refugees worldwide. The directive would still reduce the threshold of refugees that the U.S. would accept per year to 50,000, a dramatic reduction from the 110,000 annually accepted during the Obama administration.

The original executive action resulted in green card holders being detained across U.S. airports, fueling outrage and protests. The directive had been challenged in court as overbroad and discriminatory.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the executive order was still being drafted and was subject to change.

On Feb. 16, a survey conducted by Pew Research Center found that 59 percent of national adults disapproved of Trump's executive order on travel while 38 percent approved.

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The data indicated a partisan split on the issue, with 81 percent of Republican-leaning respondents approving of the temporary halt on refugees and the travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries while 89 percent of Democratic-leaning respondents disapproved.

Overall, only 28 percent of respondents believed that the Trump administration did a good or excellent job in implementing the policy; 17 percent believed its implementation was fair while 53 percent thought that the rollout had been poor.

Sources: AP via Yahoo News, CNNPew Research Center / Photo Credit: Michael Candelori/Flickr

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