Immigration

5 Major Changes to President Trump's Travel Ban

President Trump's new immigration ban was revealed on Monday, revising the previous ban enacted on January 28.

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Six weeks after signing the executive order that sent shockwaves through the world, the Trump administration rolled a new version of the immigration ban on March 6. Here are a few key differences:

1. The new ban includes six Muslim-majority countries, versus seven. 

Iraq has been removed as a result of pressure from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. 

"Iraq is an important ally in the fight to defeat ISIS, with their brave soldiers fighting in close coordination with America's men and women in uniform," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also noted in the announcement Monday. 

2. No religious preference 

"The original order gave preference to people who are religious minorities; many people said that favored Christians,"  Bloomberg's Tony Aarons explained on "Bloomberg Markets: European Open." "The big issue," he added, "is does this target Muslims or does it target national security." 

3. Green card holders and dual citizens

"They clarified the issue of whether Americans or foreigners with American visas could come back into the country; that's perfectly okay now," Aarons also noted.

Trump White House had initially overruled the Department of Homeland Security's interpretion of the ban and applied the order to green card holders.

4. Syrian refugee resettlement

The former order barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, while the new order vows to continue the refugee resettlement program after 120 days.

5. 10 days to prepare

Trump's new immigration ban is effective March 16, 10 days from its rollout, rather than immediately. 

Watch: Bloomberg's Tony Aarons explains more on "Bloomberg Markets: European Open", including potential legal ramifications the ban may have:

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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