Proving that no court order can defeat or even hamper his objectives for the safety of Americans, President Donald Trump is set to sign on Monday at the Department of Homeland Security a new version of his January 27 executive order on the travel ban that temporarily suspended immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The information came from senior government officials privy to the matter.
Trump was reportedly scheduled to sign the new executive order as early as last Wednesday, but was delayed following the administration’s preoccupation with his first Address to the Joint Session of Congress last Tuesday. His speech for Congress incidentally was well-received and garnered positive feedback both from supporters and critics alike.
One of the biggest revisions to be expected from the new executive order is reportedly the removal of Iraq from the list. State and Defense Departments were said to have played a role for Iraq to be taken out off the list given Iraq government’s actions in fighting the Islamic State in their country.
Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are likely to remain on the list.
It was also reported that some DHS employees were ordered to work from home on Monday morning, according to an internal agency email sent late Friday. Steve Bannon is also said to be meeting this weekend with a team from the Department of Justice at Mar-a-Lago to discuss the launch of the EO. They will also meet with President Trump and DHS officials.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who spearheaded the legal effort against Trump’s executive order responded over Twitter that they will be ready to see President Trump in court again for his new executive order. The ACLU has capitalized on the issue of Trump’s previous immigration and travel ban on the seven countries to gain visibility and publicity for the organization and raise funds for themselves as well.
The Trump administration has earlier threatened as well to fight the temporary restraining order issued against its travel ban legally by appealing the case to higher courts, but later on abandoned such plans and instead declared that it will instead be issuing a new executive order. It may be an indication of the President’s determination to see his vision through of a more secure country for Americans the fastest possible way.