>> President Trump removed Iraq from the list of nations targeted in his US travel ban in a new version of his executive order signed Monday. Still on the list, the remaining six Muslim-majority nations on Trump's original ban, issued late January but later blocked by the courts. A White House official saying Iraq was taken off the list because it's imposed new vetting procedures, such as heightened visa screening and data sharing, and has worked with the US to combat ISIS.
The new order also ensures tens of thousands of legal permanent residents or green card holders from the listed nations will not be affected. And in a major shift meant to deter the airport chaos that had previously ensued, Trump's new ban will not take effect immediately. Its start date yet to be determined.
Also on Monday, new data showing that the number of visitors to the US on the whole is now notably on the decline. Travel analysis firm ForwardKeys saying bookings to the US over the next three months are down nearly half a percent on the year. Whereas they had been up nearly three and a half percent the day before Trump's ban was first imposed.
Travel to and from Middle Eastern nations has fallen off sharply in recent months. But even some other nations are staying away. According to booking site Kayak, searches from Europe for flights to the US are down 12% since the presidential election.