Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke also assessed that Iraq did not meet the baseline but concluded that entry restrictions and limitations under a the proclamation are not warranted. One senior official insisted to the Post that the restrictions "either previously or now were never, ever ever based on race, religion, or creed", adding that the governments included "are simply not compliant with our basic security requirements". Challengers say the order discriminated against Muslims in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The recommendations were first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Friday.
Litigation continued over the summer on who exactly was covered by the bans, culminating in a Supreme Court decision on September 12 that allowed Trump to enforce the refugee ban broadly but kept lower court restrictions that prevent close family members from being denied entry.
Arguments before the US Supreme Court are scheduled for October 10. The revised policy comes after the department of homeland security sent Trump a classified report assessing which countries don't provide adequate information about their travelling citizens.
The President's latest order was met with swift criticism by the same groups that filed lawsuits earlier this year, including the American Civil Liberties Union.
Taylor described what he said was "our guiding principle".
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Countries that were not already in compliant with the administration's protocols were given 50 days to make improvements. Other countries, however, were unable or "deliberately unwilling" to comply.
The new travel restrictions represent the third version offered by the Trump administration.
The original travel ban was signed by Trump during his first week in office and caused chaos at airports as some nationals from the seven majority-Muslim countries on the original list were caught up in the ban mid-transit. Trump later derided that second order on Twitter as "watered down" and "politically correct".
Trump's fake empathy for Iranians rings ever more hollow, with his new and even more offensive travel ban against such outstanding citizens.
During the presidential campaign, Trump explicitly called for a ban on Muslims entering the country.