President Donald Trump signed a new decree on Monday setting up a temporary blockade of US immigrants and refugees from six Muslim-majority countries, the White House said.
The decree maintains the blockade to people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. However, those who hold valid visas and residence permits will be able to enter the country, the government reported.
However, the first decree was blocked by court order, and the government gave up its appeal to concentrate on drafting a new executive order.
This new decree will take effect on March 16 and Iraq was off the list.
It is one of Trump’s most controversial campaign promises of closing the country’s borders to the entry of potential “terrorists.”
Other announcements during the press conference:
* The Government reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is currently investigating 300 refugees for terrorist activities.
The Trump team used that information to justify the issuance of a new executive order restricting the issuance of visas for 90 days to nationals of six Muslim-majority countries, and prohibits refugees from entering the United States for 120 days.
* Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump’s new immigration veto was “vital” for the country’s security and urged its allies around the world to “understand” that it is a “temporary” effort ” to strengthen American immigration controls.
“The executive order signed by the president to protect the country from the entry of foreign terrorists is a vital step in strengthening our national security,” Tillerson said in a press appearance along with Jeff Sessions and National Security , John Kelly.
* Trump removed from its new executive order any reference to Christians, a group that it had tried to protect in its previous decree, blocked by the courts.
In its previous executive order, signed on January 27, Trump stated that Syrian Christians could enter the United States, while prohibiting indefinite entry to the country of other refugees from Syria and other religious beliefs.