President Donald Trump disembarks from the Marine One presidential helicopter upon his arrival at the White House on Sunday, March 5, 2017 in Washington. Manuel Balce Ceneta AP Photo

President Donald Trump is preparing to sign a new Immigration decree temporarily banning people from some Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States and suspending the country’s refugee program, a White House official said on Sunday.

The official said that plans to launch the new executive order on Monday remain in place. The official insisted on not being identified since he is not authorized to speak about the decree before its official announcement.

The new presidential decree has been drafted shortly after a federal court blocked Trump’s initial attempt, which the government has delayed signing several times.

Trump government officials have said that the new executive order aims to leave legal challenges to the former. Its goal will be the same: to prevent potential terrorists from entering the United States while the government evaluates the refugee and visa application system of certain parts of the world.

Trump’s original decree temporarily blocked citizens of “Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya” from temporarily entering the country and freezing the US refugee program.

The modified executive order is expected to remove Iraq from the list, following pressure from the Pentagon and the State Department, urging the White House to reconsider the issue given Iraq’s crucial role in the fight against the Islamic State group.

It is also expected that the new decree will present other changes, including not focusing specifically on Syrian refugees for an indefinite ban and making it clear that all existing visas will be respected.

Trump signed his original decree in late January, causing confusion and anger while some travelers were detained at US airports and others were forbidden abroad to board flights to the United States.

The signing of the new decree is expected to cause a new round of demands and insults.


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