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>> President Trump unveiling a new version of his controversial travel ban, hoping that this time it will hold up in court. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Trump signed the travel ban on Monday. It's a less restrictive version of his initial order, which was held up in federal courts after sparking chaos at airports and drawing criticism that it discriminated against Muslims.
The biggest change in this new order? Residents of Iraq will now no longer face restrictions, they'll be able to travel to the United States.>> And with this order, President Trump is exercising his rightful authority to keep our people safe.>> Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly unveiling the new order.
The new 90 day order banning travelers from six countries, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Libya, and Somalia, and blocking all refugees from entering the country. Trump's White House, hoping its second effort will work better, and it's being rolled out with much more care. Special briefings for congress, who were blindsided the first time around, and a ten day delay, giving border guards and airport staff time to figure out how to enforce the new rule.
Iraq now exempted, reportedly at the advice of Defense Secretary James Mattis in recognition that the country has cooperated with the United States to fight extremist groups like Islamic State, and has imposed new vetting procedures. More than two dozen lawsuits were filed in US courts against the original ban.
Trump publicly railed against judges who ruled against him and vowed to fight, then shifting gears to craft a new order. That's not stopping Democrats and immigration rights groups from criticizing this new new plan, saying that just like the old one, it's heartless, and does little to protect the United States from the threat of terrorism.
Expect to see a new round of legal challenges in the days and weeks to come.