by Sean Fitzpatrick
edited by Robbie Sequeira
On Monday, President Trump issued a revised travel ban aimed at Middle East and African countries, according to the New York Times.
After Trump issued a travel ban in January, protests erupted at airports across the country. His first travel ban was blocked by federal judges, causing Trump and his administration to write this revised travel ban.
His revised ban takes Iraq off the list of banned nations and lowers the Syrian refugee ban from indefinitely to 120 days. People from Middle Eastern and African countries will not be affected if they have previously been issued visas. Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Syria will continue to face a 90-day suspension of visa processing. The Trump administration will continue to examine how to enhance the screening procedures.
According to the New York Times, the removal of Iraq from the ban comes after “officials in Baghdad urged State and Defense Department officials, who felt the ban would undermine the stability of the United States-allied government.”
Homeland Security officials wrote a fact sheet giving to reporters, which stated “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.”
Last week, Trump gave his first address to Congress. in which he said ” The vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America.”
He also said, “And we cannot allow our nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.”
The revised travel ban will be put into action over the next two weeks. The Trump administration has decided not to have the ban be effective immediately like the first ban issued in January. This will allow the Department of Homeland Security to get organized and not be faced with a repeat of the chaotic scene that took place in airports across the nation in January.