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Summary

  1. President Trump issues a new executive order temporarily halting US entry for people from six Muslim-majority countries
  2. People from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who do not have valid visas barred from US for 90 days
  3. The administration's previous travel order was blocked by courts and resulted in travellers being sent back at US airports
  4. Iraq, included in the last order, is removed from the revised one after agreeing to boost visa vetting of its citizens

Live Reporting

By Max Matza

All times stated are UK

More legal battles ahead

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
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We're closing our live coverage of the travel ban - we'll bring you the latest on that story here .

We leave you with the reaction from Washington state attorney general Bob Ferguson, whose lawsuit led to the temporary halt of Trump's first travel ban. 

"By rescinding his earlier executive order, President Trump makes one thing perfectly clear: His original travel ban was indefensible - legally, constitutionally and morally," Ferguson said in a statement. 

"The president has capitulated on numerous key provisions blocked by our lawsuit, including bans on Green Card holders, visa holders and dual citizens, an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, and explicit preferences based on religion," he continued. 

Watch this space...

Lost 'element of surprise' - Spicer

When asked if the 10-day implementation delay undercut the argument that the travel ban was an urgent matter of national security, Spicer said the Trump administration "lost the element of surprise" once it announced it would issue a new executive order after the first directive was blocked in court. 

Trump stands by wire-tapping claims

The reporters at the White House briefing seem to be more interested in the wire-tapping story than the travel ban, and the questions have swiftly switched to that.

Quick recap - Trump accused Obama of Watergate-style phone-tapping, a claim denied by Obama's spokesman, his former director of national intelligence and the current head of the FBI.

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Sean Spicer briefing on travel ban now

The White House press secretary has started briefing the media. This will be the first time journalists get the chance to ask questions - earlier, there were no questions allowed when the ban was announced by members of the Trump cabinet.

Republicans approve

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who condemned candidate-Trump's proposal to ban Muslim immigrants, says today's ban advances "our shared goal" of protecting the US from terror.

He praised the administration for "their hard work on this measure to improve our vetting standards".

Other Republican lawmakers also cheered the revised executive order.

"I believe the new order will withstand legal challenges as it's drafted in a fashion as to not be a religious ban, but a ban on individuals coming from compromised governments and failed states," said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has frequently criticised Trump. 

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Amnesty International calls for 'day of action'


          Protests broke out at airports six weeks ago when the last version of the ban was announced
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Protests broke out at airports six weeks ago when the last version of the ban was announced

"This revised version is still a Muslim ban that does nothing to alleviate human rights concerns," a press release from Amnesty International reads. 

The civil-rights group calls upon their US supporters to "call their elected officials and urge them to stand against the new executive order", during a 'day of action' on 7 March.

Protests are also being planned by Amnesty around the world. 

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More angry reaction

Why the delay?

Chuck Schumer
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As Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer is the highest ranking congressional Democrat

President Trump has promised to have a new travel executive order ready to roll out at least twice since his first version was blocked by the courts. 

However, the signing was delayed again and again, without explanation.

According to US media reports, the Trump team had today's order ready to be signed last week, but chose to hold on to it in order to allow time for the president's joint address to Congress - which was widely praised - to fully sink in.

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer was not happy with the White House's timetable, and what that says about the order.

He has tweeted: "Delaying its announcement so the President could bask in the aftermath of his joint address is all the proof Americans need to know that this has absolutely nothing to do with national security."

The order at a glance

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ACLU: 'Muslim ban'

"The only way to actually fix the Muslim ban is not to have a Muslim ban," said Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) immigrant rights project.

"Instead, President Trump has recommitted himself to religious discrimination, and he can expect continued disapproval from both the courts and the people." 

The Trump administration has vigorously pushed back against the "Muslim ban" label, pointing out that millions of Muslims around the world are not affected by the executive order.

What's changed?

'Gaps exploited by jihadists'

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican, has just released this statement: 

“I have long supported taking bold steps to keep terrorists from entering America. I look forward to reading the details of the President’s new executive order and conducting oversight to ensure it is implemented smoothly. 

"This month I am also launching a bipartisan Congressional task force focused on closing security gaps that might be exploited by jihadists to sneak into our country, and I hope the Administration will work closely with us to put in place new security checks to protect our people from the threat of terror.”

Travel ban 'counter-productive'

In Minneapolis, a city with many Somali-American immigrants, both refugees and native-born people have said President Trump's ban will only serve to alienate young people and make them more susceptible to the violent appeals of IS and al-Shabab terror groups.

Somali Americans warn Trump travel ban 'counter-productive'

Trump voter breaks bread with refugee

The BBC went for brunch with a Donald Trump supporter, a Muslim refugee from Syria, and an Alabama pastor trying to bridge the political divide. 

"The political realm in which we live right now is poisoned," says pastor Jim Mather, who advocates for refugees in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama.

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Jewish group: 'Betrayal of our values'

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), a Jewish group supporting refugees worldwide, has issued a statement condemning the new ban.

"There is nothing ‘temporary’ about leaving innocent families stranded and at grave risk while their government-issued security clearances expire, or crippling America’s domestic refugee resettlement infrastructure while fixing a system that is not broken," HIAS president Mark Hetfield said.

"The American Jewish community, which owes its very existence to the American tradition of welcoming refugees, cannot accept this betrayal of our values. We will continue to fight all attempts to vilify refugees." 

Montana preacher warns Islamic extremists

The BBC's Aleem Maqbool visited the US state of Montana after the first travel ban executive order was signed by the president to meet recently resettled refugees.

Along his way, he met a Trump voter who had a stark warning for new Muslim immigrants.

US preacher's warning to Islamic militants: 'The women of Montana are armed'

'Still a Muslim ban'

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which bills itself as the largest Arab-American grassroots civil rights organisation in the US, is calling for donations to help fight the coming legal battles over immigration.  

"The ban is about xenophobia and Islamophobia," they said in a statement to the BBC. 

"The new ban will have the same effect on our community as the initial one did, and ADC will continue to provide pro bono legal assistance to those impacted."

'Intent to discriminate against Muslims remains clear'

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - the state's highest ranking law enforcement officer - issued this statement moments ago, condemning the revised travel ban...

“Courts across the country have made clear: President Trump is not above the Constitution.

"While the White House may have made changes to the ban, the intent to discriminate against Muslims remains clear. This doesn’t just harm the families caught in the chaos of President Trump’s draconian policies - it’s diametrically opposed to our values, and makes us less safe.

"My office is closely reviewing the new executive order, and I stand ready to litigate - again - in order to protect New York’s families, institutions, and economy.”

No questions

The three cabinet secretaries took no questions as they ended their joint press conference.

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The three cabinet secretaries ignored shouted questions as they left the press conference
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'Malevolent actors'

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told the joint news conference: "It is clear that Americans are not invulnerable to terrorist threats, and that our enemies will exploit our freedoms and generosity to harm us."

He said the US cannot tolerate "malevolent actors using our immigration system to take American lives".

He added: "It is important to note that nothing in this executive order affects current lawful permanent residents or persons with current authorisation to enter our country. 

"If you have a current valid visa to travel, we welcome you. 

"But unregulated, unvetted travel is not a universal privilege, especially when national security is at stake."

300 in terrorism probe

"The majority of the people convicted in our courts for terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from abroad. We also know that many people seeking to support or commit terrorist acts, will try to enter through our refugee programme.

"In fact today - more than 300 people, according to the FBI - who came here as refugees, are under an FBI investigation today for potential terrorism related activities. 

"Like every nation, the United States has a right to control who enters our country and to keep out those who would do us harm." 

'Not a Muslim ban'

Iraq excused

Rex Tillerson says that Iraq's enhanced security screening programme allowed the US to take Iraq off the list of banned travelers.

"The US welcomes this kind of co-operation from every region of the world", he says.

'Destructive ends'

"He is exercising his rightful authority to keep Americans safe," Rex Tillerson says of President Trump at a press conference alongside Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. 

America's top diplomat says the order is meant to "eliminate vulnerabilities that radical Islamic terrorists can and will exploit for destructive ends".

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BreakingNo cameras as order signed

The president has no open press events today, meaning the world might not get a view of him as his new executive order gets a roll out.

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Battles to come

Anthony Zurcher

BBC North America reporter

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Donald Trump is, at last, unveiling his new immigration order, and it looks like government lawyers - and not just White House political operatives like Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller - have had their input.

Gone are the most controversial measures of the old order, such as preference for Christian refugees and the suspension of existing visas and green cards. The details of the action’s implementation are outlined with greater clarity this time, with more than a week before the new rules kick in.

It’s still an open question as to what, if anything, this order will do to prevent violent attacks on US soil, given that past high-profile incidents have not involved individuals from any of the six named countries.

During the election cycle, Trump promised bold action on border security, however - the kind of move that would unnerve traditional politicians and anger civil rights advocates and liberal groups. Although campaign-rally talk of sweeping Muslim bans are a thing of the past, this White House move is likely to be viewed by Trump’s supporters as a campaign promise kept.

The protests and legal battles that are sure to come will guarantee that.

Breaking300 refugees in FBI terror probe

Officials from the Justice, State and Homeland Security departments have revealed the FBI is investigating 300 individuals who were admitted to the US as refugees in relation to potential domestic terrorism inspired or motivated by the so-called Islamic State, US media report. 

Some of these individuals are understood to have come from the six countries listed in the new ban, but officials have declined to provide a total. 

Nigeria warns citizens

Nigeria was not one of the seven countries affected by President Trump’s initial travel ban.

But the Nigerian government is advising against all-but-essential travel to the US until Washington officials clarify their new immigration policies.  

A special adviser to Nigeria’s president says there were several cases where Nigerians with valid US visas had been denied entry to the country. 

Last week, a Nigerian software engineer was reportedly made to take a hand-written test when he arrived at New York's JFK international airport in order to prove his tech abilities, after immigration officials did not believe he was telling the truth about his skills. 


          JFK 's departure area, where the incident was said to have taken place
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JFK 's departure area, where the incident was said to have taken place

Syrians and Christians


          Syrian refugee Baraa Haj Khalaf arrives in Chicago on 7 February
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Syrian refugee Baraa Haj Khalaf arrives in Chicago on 7 February

Under the old order, which was blocked by US courts, Syrian refugees were indefinitely banned from travel to the US.

Under the revised order, Syrian refugees are expected to be treated like other refugees and find themselves subject to a 120-day suspension of the US refugee programme. 

The new order is also expected to be stripped of language that seemed to give preference to religious minorities, namely Christians.

Critics had accused the Trump administration of violating the first amendment of the US constitution by favouring one religion over another.

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The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan pictured in 2013
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The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan pictured in 2013

What we know so far

President Trump is expected to sign a revised immigration executive order on Monday. His senior counsellor Kellyanne Conway spoke to US media on Monday morning about the measure:

  • It is expected to temporarily halt entry to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) for 90-days
  • Iraq has been dropped from the previous list, due to increased vetting of its own citizens
  • The order will take affect on 16 March
  • Current US visa holders will still be permitted to travel to the US
  • Permanent visa holders (Green Card holders) are not affected
  • Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions will hold a press event on Monday at 11:30 Washington time to discuss the new order