Donald Trump previously signed an executive order that received a massive amount of backlash and criticism, as well as sparked protests all around the country. The previous ban had barred any immigrants from Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, and Libya with an affirmative 90-day ban. Syrian refugees faced an indefinite ban and those issued visas and green cards were also affected and detained.
Trump signed a new executive order on Monday that makes the ban more low-key, lowering the number of countries from seven to six (by excluding Iraq) and changing the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees to a 120-day ban instead. Additionally, citizens from these six countries will have visa processing suspended. Iraq was removed from the list because of concerns about compromising the current war on Iraq.
This executive order was signed privately, without the press, to try to evade big publicity for this executive order.
After losing three times in the court system, the previous executive order was bound to go to the Supreme Court and Trump himself had said “see you in court,” but apparently he figured that it would be hard, if not impossible, to win. There were reports that Trump was simply just going to write a new executive order concerning the ban rather than face the Supreme Court because of all the flaws in the first executive order.
President Trump justified his first ban by explaining: “We don’t want them here,” referencing terrorists, “We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country, and love deeply our people.”
The justification for the ban seems to be that it is to protect and promote national security, but many Americans feel that this is not the true reason. No Americans have died as a result of terrorist attacks from immigrants that are from these six countries. Many Americans believe that this is an attempt by Donald Trump to begin a process which will lead to a true Muslim ban from entering the United States.