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38 Percent Agree With Trump's Second Travel Ban Order

| by Jordan Smith

Only 38 percent of Americans thought President Donald Trump should have issued a second executive order banning travel to the United States for citizens of a number of Muslim-majority countries.

This figure came from a Monmouth University poll released prior to Trump's order being issued March 6, U.S. News reported.

The poll, conducted prior to March 6, also found that 50 percent of Americans thought Trump should have moved on to deal with other issues.

Of those polled, 39 percent supported the original ban, while 49 percent stated they felt it was a bad idea.

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Trump's second order explicitly excludes permanent residents from the ban. It also makes clear that the only ban will be on the issuing of new visas after the order comes into force March 16.

The ban will last for 90 days, a period of time Trump says is necessary for screening procedures for new arrivals to be reviewed and updated.

"If you're in the United States on the effective date of this order, which is March 16, it does not apply to you," a senior Homeland Security official said, according to The Atlantic. "You have a valid visa on the effective date of this order, it does not apply to you."

In other changes, Trump removed Iraq from the list of countries affected by the ban. This means six countries remain: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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"The president is exercising his rightful authority to keep our people safe," Secretary of State  Rex Tillerson said, according to U.S. News. "As threats to our security continue to evolve and change, common sense dictates that we continue to re-evaluate the systems we rely upon to protect our country."

The second order includes several exceptions allowing U.S. customs officials to issue new visas on a case-by-case basis. Officials can issue student and work visas to visa holders outside the country, infants and children, people needing urgent medical care, U.S. government employees, members of some international organizations and immigrants to Canada.

Trump's first executive order suffered a series of defeats in the courts and was ultimately abandoned. It was also met with large public protests.

Opponents of the second order warned that it could face a similar fate.

"The Trump administration has conceded that its original Muslim ban was indefensible. Unfortunately, it has replaced it with a scaled-back version that shares the same fatal flaws," Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants Rights Project, added.

"The changes the Trump administration has made, and everything we've learned since the original ban rolled out, completely undermine the bogus national security justifications the president has tried to hide behind and only strengthen the case against his unconstitutional executive orders."

Sources: U.S. News, The Atlantic / Photo credit: Pixabay

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