Here are major changes in President Trump's temporary travel ban for a number of majority-Muslim nations to overcome legal challenges that led federal judges to block the original Jan. 27 order.
The new order takes effect in 10 days rather than immediately. Trump's original ban led to chaos at U.S. and international airports, as thousands of visa holders were blocked from entering the country or detained after arriving in the United States.
Iraq, which is working closely with the U.S. military to defeat the Islamic State, is excluded from the new list. Iraq was removed from the order after agreeing to increase cooperation with the U.S. government on vetting of its citizens applying for a travel visa, according to the fact sheet released by the Trump administration.
Indefinite ban on Syrians lifted
The indefinite ban on Syrians is lifted under the new travel. They will now be subject to same 90-day ban on travelers and 120 days for refugees.
"I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States," the original order read. Under the original ban, Syrians would have been barred until Trump felt that "sufficient changes" had been made to screening procedures.
President Obama had allowed 10,000 refugees fleeing Syria's civil war to enter the United States in 2016.
Green card holders not affected
Nationals of the six countries with legal permanent residence in the U.S. (known as green cards) are not affected, as they were under the Jan. 27 order. Federal judges had expressed concern about barring legitimate visa holders. People with valid visas as of Monday are also exempt.
No religious preferences
The new ban has no preference for “religious minorities,” such as Christians claiming persecution in mostly Muslim nations.
Contributing: Alan Gomez
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