WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has once again come out with a Muslim ban executive order. To be true, it is a revised executive order banning the entry of Muslims from 6 nations. While the first executive order was stopped from being implemented by the judiciary, Trump expects the latest order to go unchallenged.
The original Trump executive order banned the entry of Muslims from seven nations including Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, the revised ban has dropped Iraq from the list. Another major difference from the first ban is the fact that the US Green card holders will be exempted.
The first executive order banning the entry of Muslims in the US had caused massive backlash from civil liberties organizations and common Americans. Millions and millions of people participated in anti-ban protests across the US. If the massive opposition to the ban order was not enough, the court struck down the law, making Trump’s executive order worthless.
The Muslim ban order set to go into force beginning March 16 has Iraq dropped from the list as Trump advisors, many from the military, argued that Iraq was now an ally and blocking Iraqis who helped the United States in the war effort would be detrimental to American interests.
While discussing the six countries identified for the travel ban, the new order said: Each of these countries is a state sponsor of terrorism, has been significantly compromised by terrorist organizations, or contains active conflict zones. Any of these circumstances diminishes the foreign government’s willingness or ability to share or validate important information about individuals seeking to travel to the United States.
The executive order further says that the ban has been imposed due to “significant presence in each of these countries of terrorist organizations, their members, and others exposed to those organizations increases the chance that conditions will be exploited to enable terrorist operatives or sympathizers to travel to the United States.” Finally, it added, once foreign nationals from these countries are admitted to the US, “it is often difficult to remove them, because many of these countries typically delay issuing, or refuse to issue, travel documents.”