President Donald Trump just signed off on a revised executive order modeled after the prior order popularly referred to as the “travel ban” or “refugee ban” struck down by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He was joined in the news conference with members of his senior cabinet staff.
Here’s how it went down.
Secretary of state Rex Tillerson was the first to take the stage in announcing the revised executive order. Tillerson says the president is exercising his “rightful authority” to keep Americans safe. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was next up, and spent the most time making the case for the order.
Sessions noted there are 300 refugees under investigation by the FBI for potential terrorist activities, and says enhanced screening of the six countries named, including three state sponsors of terrorism, will protect both citizens and immigrants. He concluded that the Department of Justice believes this is a lawful use of the president’s authority.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly took the stage next. Importantly, he noted this revised travel and refugee ban does NOT affect those with visas or green cards. A major problem with the original executive order is that it inconvenienced thousands of residents with visas or green cards who came from the list of banned countries.
There are a number of other major differences between the original and revised executive orders.
Iraq is dropped from the list of banned countries (while Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, and Iran remain). Additionally, Christian refugees no longer receive priority, likely because of Court objections that the original order discriminated again Muslims.
The White House repeatedly said Christian refugees under genocide would get priority. This executive order strips that priority.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 6, 2017
The order implements another 120-day ban on refugee admissions to the U.S., but now applies to all refugee admissions, not specifically Syrian ones.
The order takes effect March 16th. Brace for liberal meltdown.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]