TRUMP REBRANDS MUSLIM BAN, REMOVES IRAQ FROM LIST

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[U.S]–President Donald Trump, on Monday, signed a revised version of the earlier travel embargo banning immigrants from seven pro-Islam nations, this time reducing it to seven with the singular exclusion of Iraq.

This new executive order keeps citizens of Syria, Libya, Iran, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan away from the borders of the country for ninety days.

Unlike the previous order signed on Jan 27, this would not take immediate effect.

Rather, there is a two-week phase to allow for proper processing.

“We don’t want them here,” Trump had said back in January, while signing the first ban order, “We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country, and love deeply our people.”

The decision to exclude Iraqi immigrants from the list followed discussions with security officials in Baghdad, at the urging of State and Defense Department officials, who argued that the ban would put the stability of the Iraqi state at risk.

“On the basis of negotiations that have taken place between the government of Iraq and the U.S. Department of State in the last month, Iraq will increase cooperation with the U.S. government on the vetting of its citizens applying for a visa to travel to the United States,” Homeland Security officials wrote in a press statement.

In response, the Iraqis have agreed to “improve the quality of travel documentation and to bolster their sharing of information about potentially dangerous citizens.”

However, this revision is not a sign of remorse over the controversial reaction the original order got.

According to the New York Times, on Monday, officials with the Departments of Homeland Security, State and Justice defended Mr. Trump’s original order, stating that the rewrite was “intended to address legal concerns quickly to deal with what they repeatedly characterized as an urgent national security issue.”




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