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Trump Orders New Travel Ban on Citizens of Six Muslim Countries

Trump Orders New Travel Ban on Citizens of Six Muslim Countries

President Donald Trump speaks following the ceremonial swearing-in of James Mattis as secretary of defense at the Pentagon in Washington, on Jan. 27, 2017. Mandel Ngan—AFP/Getty Images

United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump has issued a new order on Monday to halt entry to the US for citizens of six countries for 90 days.

A similar decision was previously issued in January. However, it was blocked by a federal court and received backlash represented in mass protests and demonstrations in the airports.

The order, which will take effect on 16 March, includes six countries that were also included in the aborted decision. The six countries are Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Somalia and Iran

However, Iraq is not included this time on the list.

According to the new order, “Green Card” holders will not be affected by the decision. Also, citizens of these six countries that have pre-existing visas and permanent legal residents will be allowed entry.

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, who unveiled the decision together with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said that the U.S. is still not immune to terrorist attacks and the enemies “use of freedoms and generosity against us”.

Although Trump doesn’t describe the decision as a Muslim Ban, the selected countries are Muslim nations. Moreover, citizens of these countries have never been previously accused in the terrorist attacks that occurred in the U.S.

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