Just weeks ago, President Trump signed an executive order which restricted travel into the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries. That order resulted in chaos as American citizens and green card holders were detained from returning home. Protests erupted around the country, practically shutting down airports as protesters picketed. Even the New York City Taxi Driver Union joined the protests, stopping all service to JFK airport. That ban was shut down by the courts as unconstitutional. Now, the same ban is back – sort of. Will it hold up in court?
What’s Changed with Trump’s New Travel Ban?
There are many differences between Trump’s first travel ban and his newest executive order. The biggest of those differences? Trump isn’t rushing into it. The first ban amounted to a sneak attack, with the order being signed and executed almost simultaneously. The lack of communication and clarity was the key factor in protests erupting across the country. However, this ban is slated to go into effect on March 16th, giving authorities (and U.S. residents) the opportunity to prepare accordingly.
The new order bars travel to the U.S. for 90 days from six mostly Muslim countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The former ban included Iraq, as well, which is absent from this list.
Where the first order restricted access to the U.S. to legal permanent residents and green card holders on a case by case basis, the new plan does not. The order allows people who had visas by the date the first order was signed (January 27th) to enter the U.S. The new ban also revokes the previous travel ban. The new order also halts refugee admissions for 120 days, whereas the first order barred Syrian refugees specifically from entering the country indefinitely.
Another glaring difference between the two orders?
There were no cameras for this one.
Trump, who seems to adore being in front of the cameras, has always signed his executive orders with an audience, surrounded by a room full of cameras and backed by supporters. This order was signed with Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeting out a photo of a solo Trump putting pen to paper.
Trump travel ban: Targeted nations condemn new US order https://t.co/pPJQesFB81 : March 07, 2017 at 01:54PM via mikejulietbravo
— MJB Times (@mjbtimes) March 7, 2017
Why the lack of cameras?
It could be that already aware of how his last ban was received, Trump chose to keep this one low key. Trump also believes that this bill will pass muster with the courts, but critics, such as Nancy Pelosi, say this is the “same ban, same purpose”.
Will the ban stick this time?
Watch the news clip from PBS NewsHour regarding Trump’s new travel ban:
Trump’s latest executive order definitely has a better chance with tighter language and more defined guidelines. However, critics and protesters will be just as vocal, if not more so. Only time will tell, but one thing is clear, and that’s that Trump is not backing off his promises of extreme vetting.
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