President Donald Trump has announced that he will sign a new executive order to replace his embattled travel freeze on citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations. The president stated that the new order will respond to the court rulings that have placed his original directive in limbo.
On Feb. 16, Trump stated during a press conference that he would sign a new executive order after a federal judge had placed a nationwide restraining order on his temporary halt on U.S. admittance of refugees and travelers from several Muslim-majority countries.
"The new order is going to be very much tailored to what I consider to be a very bad decision," Trump said, according to Reuters. "We can tailor the order to that decision and get just about everything, in some ways more."
The same day, the Department of Justice issued a court filing with the 9th Circuit of Appeals, informing the court to drop their recent ruling on the travel freeze from further consideration. The DOJ filing explained that Trump would be issuing a new executive order.
"In doing so, the President will clear the way for immediately protecting the country rather than pursuing further, potentially time-consuming litigation," the DOJ filing stated.
On Jan. 27, Trump signed an executive order placing a temporary halt on U.S. admittance of refugees with an indefinite prohibition on Syrian refugees. The directive had also placed a temporary travel ban on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, according to CNN.
The executive action had sparked nationwide protests, with critics asserting that the directive amounted to a Muslim ban.
On Feb. 3, U.S. District Court Judge James Robart placed a nationwide restraining order on the directive's travel ban. On Feb. 9, the 9th Circuit ruled against a DOJ request to lift the restraining order.
Neither Trump or the DOJ have signaled how the new executive order will differ from the original directive. They have not provided a timeline for when such an order will be signed, but indicated that it will be soon.
On Feb. 16, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that only 38 percent of those surveyed approve of Trump's executive order, while 59 percent disapprove. The issue has Americans split along party lines; 81 percent of Republican-leaning respondents approved of the order, while 89 percent of Democratic-leaning respondents disapproved.
Overall, only 28 percent of respondents thought that the Trump administration's implementation of the executive order was either excellent or good, 17 percent graded the implementation as fair, and 53 percent said it was handled poorly.