by Aaron Torres
On February 27, President Trump signed a new executive order on immigration after his first order faced massive protest and was blocked by a federal judge, Judge James L. Robart. This new order had many changes that scaled back extensive parts of the first ban, but it remained blocked by Judge Derrick Watson, another federal judge in Hawaii.
U.S District Judge Derrick Watson halted the new ban in his Honolulu Court, by stopping the ban on the 6 nations in the order, the 120 day refugee ban, and the refugee cap. Government lawyers asked Watson to revise his ruling but he denied replying that “there is nothing unclear” about his ruling.
The new executive order suspends immigration from six majority Muslim nations which is one less than the last, leaving out Iraq. Iraq was left off of the list because Secretary of Defense James Mattis believed that the restriction would limit necessary cooperation with the current Iraqi government.
The order continued the 90 day suspension on those six nations, but the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees was reduced to 120 days. During this period, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence, will review vetting procedures for the subjects of the ban.
The new agenda provided additional exceptions for permanent legal residents of the U.S., dual nationals, diplomats, and those who have already been granted asylum by the U.S. prior to the travel ban. The cap for the number of asylum seekers allowed into the country is to be reduced from 110,000 to 50,000.
Waivers are provided to people on a “case-by-case” basis for people with previous work in America or preexisting family relations and job opportunities. Children and individuals with serious medical conditions are also considered.
This blow to the new immigration executive order is another obstacle in the path of the Trump administration that spells out a need for compromise in the future. With most of America on edge due to political developments like these, the verdict is still out on whether the American people will stand with, or against the President on major issues like immigration.