President Trump’s revised executive order on immigration, expected this week, will reportedly target the same seven majority-Muslim countries as his original order, and is likely to draw similar fire from immigration advocates even if it exempts those with green cards and visas.
A draft of the revised travel ban obtained by The Associated Press continues to target residents of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya — but exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven’t used it yet.
A senior administration official told the AP that green card holders and dual citizens of the U.S. and any of those countries also would be exempt. And the new draft no longer directs authorities to single out — and reject — Syrian refugees when processing new visa applications.
GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said Trump is looking to drive home a key philosophical point by continuing to push a travel ban.
“He is trying to make the case that if America cannot secure its borders, it cannot succeed as a nation,” O’Connell said. “This is not only political, it’s what he based his entire campaign on. He is going to push this to the max to make the point that the law is on his side.”