Home » Nation »  Trump signs new executive order on refugees, excludes Iraq from ban

Trump signs new executive order on refugees, excludes Iraq from ban


  • U.S. President Donald Trump signs a revised executive order for a U.S. travel ban March 6 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. The executive order temporarily bans refugees from certain majority-Muslim countries, and now excludes Iraq. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)
  • A peace activist attends an Ash Wednesday prayer service outside the White House in Washington March 1. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Help us expand our reach! Please share this article

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Donald Trump's new executive order temporarily banning refugees from certain majority-Muslim countries, signed March 6, now excludes Iraq from the ban.

Iraq had been one of seven nations in the original order, issued Jan. 27 but the implementation of which was blocked in the courts. The new order will not take effect until March 16.

Citizens of four of the countries still part of the ban -- Iran, Libya, Somalia and Syria -- will be subject to a 90-day suspension of visa processing. This information was given to Congress the week prior to the new executive order. The other two countries that remain part of the ban are Sudan and Yemen.

Lawful permanent residents -- green card holders -- are excluded from any travel ban.


While the revised executive order is intended to survive judicial scrutiny, those opposed to it have declared plans to mobilize their constituencies to block it. Church World Service and the National Council of Churches announced March 2, that they will unveil a new grass-roots ecumenical initiative in support of refugees.

Catholic immigration advocates were on tenterhooks waiting for the revised executive order, the issuance of which had been long promised but slow in coming.

Help us expand our reach! Please share this article

Submit a Letter to the Editor


Comment

Comments Policy