Trump delays travel ban, Iraq likely to be excluded
Mar 02 2017
The decision came as people on Twitter and elsewhere heaped praise on President Trump for his speech Tuesday night to Congress. They're now waiting to see how the situation plays out, he said.
Trump will target a handful of Obama-era green regulations, including a federal coal mining ban and an initiative forcing states to cut carbon emissions, in an executive order as soon as next week, a White House official tellsReuters. The order, which has been called the Trump travel ban, was challenged by numerous lawsuits, resulting in a temporary restraining order that essentially blocked it. Justice Department lawyers hope the new order will be more likely to withstand legal challenges and will not leave any travelers detained at USA airports. He said the proposal will focus on public safety and national security. He also suggested that, if something were to happen, the court system would be to blame. He declined to say when the new order would be issued. Clearly, the president believes there's an urgent need for a new travel ban - but apparently it's not as urgent as his need for good press.
In New York, American Civil Liberties Union attorney Lee Gelernt said the organization was ready to go to court if the administration tries to immediately enforce its new order.
"What we are doing is now in the implementation phase of working with the respective departments and agencies to make sure that when we execute this, it's done in a manner that's flawless", Spicer said last Thursday.
Civic right lawyers and activists swung into action in the United States, and challenged the order in court, and obtained a stay in NY. How long is unclear. It's expected to only apply to future visa applicants from the seven (or six) countries, not legal permanent residents or current visa holders. The new order will also remove an exception to the ban for those who are members of religious minorities.
The statements include Giuliani's claim that Trump had asked him how to legally pull off a "Muslim ban", and Trump's own interview statements that Christian refugees had been disadvantaged.
It's hard to imagine a "bulletproof" order that could assuage the concerns of the immigrant rights community and other potential challengers, said Jon Michaels, a UCLA law professor.