Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Spares Iraqis
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday signed a revised version of his executive order that would for the first time rewrite U.S. immigration policy to bar migrants from predominantly Muslim nations, removing citizens of Iraq from the original travel embargo and scrapping a provision that explicitly protected religious minorities.
The order, which comes about a month after federal judges blocked Trump’s haphazardly executed ban in January on residents from seven Middle Eastern and African countries, won’t affect people who had previously been issued visas — a change that the administration hopes will avoid the chaos, protests and legal challenges that followed the first order.
But it did little to halt criticism from Democrats and immigrant rights groups, which predicted a renewed fight in the courts. Trump’s initial, hastily issued order on Jan. 27 prompted protests across the country, leaving tearful families stranded at airports abroad and in the United States.
The new measure will be phased in over the next two weeks, according to officials with the Department of Homeland Security.
John F. Kelly, the Homeland Security secretary, said the order was “prospective” and applied “only to foreign nationals outside of the United States” who do not have a valid visa.
国土安全部部长约翰·F·凯利(John F. Kelly)说，该政令是“前瞻性的”，只适用于那些没有有效签证的“不在美国的外国国民”。
“If you have a current valid visa to travel, we welcome you,” John F. Kelly, the Homeland Security secretary, said while appearing alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Ronald Reagan Federal Building in Washington on Monday. “Unregulated, un-vetted travel is not a universal privilege, especially when national security is at stake,” he added.
“如果你持有现在有效的旅行签证，我们欢迎你。”约翰·凯利周一在华盛顿说。当时他和国务卿雷克斯·蒂勒森(Rex Tillerson)、司法部长杰夫·塞申斯(Jeff Sessions)一起在罗纳德·里根联邦大楼(Ronald Reagan Federal Building)。“不受管制、未经审查的旅行不是普遍特权，特别是在国家安全遭受威胁的时候，”他说。
The indefinite ban on refugees from Syria has been reduced to a 120-day ban, requiring review and renewal, the Department of Homeland Security officials said. The new order retains a temporary ban on all refugees.
Citizens of Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya will face a 90-day suspension of visa processing as the administration continues to analyze how to enhance vetting procedures.
The removal of Iraq from the list came after talks with security officials in Baghdad, at the urging of State and Defense department officials, who felt the ban would undermine the stability of the U.S.-allied government.