United States President Donald Trump has released a new executive immigration order, this time excluding Iraq from the list of banned Muslim countries.
New immigrants from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen remain barred from entering the United States.
Trump’s first order, which was signed only days after his inauguration, had been blocked by US Federal judges. The new order seems to have removed the parts of the order that had caused an uproar.
“If you have a current valid visa to travel, we welcome you,” said John F. Kelly, the Homeland Security secretary.
“Unregulated, unvetted travel is not a universal privilege, especially when national security is at stake,” Mr. Kelly added.
Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway added: “If you have travel docs, if you actually have a visa, if you are a legal permanent resident, you are not covered under this particular executive action.”
“We don’t want them here,” Mr. Trump had said when he signed the first order. “We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country, and love deeply our people.”