Without fanfare, Trump issues revised travel ban

San Antonio protesters decry Trump's original travel ban on Jan. 29.

By Kellen Browning
U.S. News Editor

After a federal appeals court unanimously refused to reinstate President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban on Feb. 9, Trump rolled out a new, narrower ban Monday.

The revised ban temporarily blocks immigration from six Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — and omits Iraq, which was on the original list. The Iraq change comes after “intense lobbying effort from Iraqi government officials,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters Monday.

Like the previous ban, today’s order suspends the U.S. refugee program for 120 days, but does not block Syrian refugees from entering the country indefinitely.

Controversial language that essentially prioritized immigration of Christians from Muslim countries was also removed.

The new ban, which Trump signed in the absence of reporters or cameras, and without any of the fanfare that accompanied the previous order, does not take effect for 10 days.

Despite the alterations, the new ban has its share of critics.

Featured photo: San Antonio protesters decry Trump’s original travel ban on Jan. 29. Photo by Daniel Cuadra/Wikimedia Commons.