US President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order on immigration banning citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, but removing Iraq from the original list.
Trump signed the revised order on Monday after his January’s directive faced multiple challenges in the courts in many states.
The 9th Circuit court of Appeals in the state of Washington succeeded in halting the immigration order, arguing it violated constitutional protections against religious discrimination.
The new order includes some changes that would make it easier to defend the controversial measure against legal challenges in the courts.
As with the previous order, people from Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya will face a 90-day entry ban. However, Iraq was taken off the list because of concerns about the country’s role in fighting terrorism, officials said.
The new measure halts all refugee admissions to the US for 120 days.