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Trump's revised travel order to apply to new visa applicants in six Muslim countries

Published:Monday | March 6, 2017 | 3:20 AM
US president Donald Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's revised travel ban will temporarily halt entry to the United States for people from six Muslim-majority nations who are seeking new visas, allowing those with current visas to travel freely, according to a fact sheet obtained by The Associated Press.

Trump was to sign the new executive order today. 

The directive aims to address legal issues with the original order, which caused confusion at airports, sparked protests around the country and was ultimately blocked by the courts.

The revised order is narrower and specifies that a 90-day ban on people from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen does not apply to those who already have valid visas.


IN PHOTO: A protester raises her fist and shouts as she joins others assembled at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York during recent protests over the Muslim ban.

The White House also dropped Iraq from the list of targeted countries, following pressure from the Pentagon and State Department, which had urged the White House to reconsider, given Iraq's key role in fighting the Islamic State group.

The fact sheet cites negotiations that resulted in Iraq agreeing to "increase co-operation with the U.S. government on the vetting of its citizens applying for a visa to travel to the United States."

A fact sheet detailing the order was distributed to lawmakers and obtained by the AP.

The mere existence of a fact sheet signalled that the White House was taking steps to improve the roll out of the reworked directive.

The initial measure was hastily signed at the end of Trump's first week in office, and the White House was roundly criticised for not providing lawmakers, Cabinet officials and others with information ahead of the signing.