US Immigration

Trump to delay revamped immigration and travel order until next week

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 February, 2017, 2:43pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 January, 2018, 5:55am

US President Donald Trump is delaying until next week issuing a new version of his order restricting immigration and banning travel to the US from seven predominantly Muslim countries, according to a White House official.

Trump had said that a revamped executive order, tailored to address legal issues that blocked his original travel ban, would be released this week. The White House official, who wasn’t authorised to discuss internal deliberations, didn’t give a reason for the delay.

Trump’s January 27 executive order stopping all refugee resettlement in the US and travel into the country from seven nations was blocked by a federal judge in Seattle. The Trump administration lost an attempt to reverse the temporary order when a federal appeals court sided against it.

“The new order is going to be very much tailored to what I consider a very, very bad decision,” Trump said at a White House news conference last Thursday. “We can tailor the order to the decision to get just as much.”

The original order barred citizens of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya or Sudan from entering the US for 90 days.

The administration on Tuesday outlined a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants that officials said would result in the swift deportation of many more people without court hearings and target migrants charged with crimes or thought to be dangerous, not just convicts.