Last Updated Mar 6, 2017 12:19 PM EST
The Trump administration is rolling out its revised travel ban Monday. There are a number of things that are different in this version, compared to the one that was signed on Jan. 27, according to White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway. There are a number of things that are different in this version of the travel ban. Here are some of the differences she mentioned in an interview with Fox News.
- It will go into effect on Mar. 16, 10 days from signing, as opposed to immediately;
- This travel ban will not apply to Iraq, based on its enhanced screening and reporting measures, Conway said. That would leave six countries from which individuals will be banned for 90 days, if there are no other changes to the countries listed: Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen;
- Syrian refugees will be treated the same way as other refugees. The original executive order banned Syrian refugees indefinitely and paused other refugees for 120 days.
Follow along for the unveiling of the new travel ban.
President Trump has signed the new travel ban executive order, CBS News’ Jacqueline Alemany reports, citing aides.
11:39 a.m. DHS Secretary John Kelly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions will unveil the new order. The three are taking the stage now.
Tillerson says that Mr. Trump is exercising his authority to protect the U.S.
The American people can have confidence that the administration is working on improving the vetting process.
The State Department will implement these temporary restrictions in an orderly manner, Tillerson said.
In the original EO, the diplomatic and consular affairs offices in the State Department reviewed the countries’ vetting practices.
The intense review identified multiple security measures…to prevent those with terroristic intent from reaching the U.S.
The U.S. welcomes this cooperation. We’ve briefed the Congress and press, Tillerson added, and briefings with stakeholders will continue.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions alluded to a comment by the president that most of the people convicted in U.S. courts for terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 have come from abroad.
“[M]ore than 300 people who came here as refugees are under FBI investigation for potential terrorism-related activities,” Sessions said. He also said that those who are “seeking to support or commit terrorist attacks here will try to enter through our refugee program.”
The new executive order he said will provide a “needed pause,” so that the vetting process for those who come to the U.S. can be reviewed.
Sessions also argued that the Justice Department believes this order, like the first one, is “a lawful and proper exercise of presidential authority,” given the powers under the Constitution that allow the president to make national security judgments “and to enforce our immigration policies in order to safeguard the American public.”
DHS Secretary John Kelly said much has changed over the past 14 years, since the 9/11 attacks. Today’s EO will make America more secure, he argued.
We must underake a rigorous review of our vetting programs relative to immigrants traveling to the U.S. Nothing in this order affects those who are legally here, Kelly said.
We do not make the law but are sworn to enforce it — DHS will do so humanely, respectfully and with professionalism, Kelly said.
The three took no questions after their brief statements.