President Donald Trump is expected to head to the Department of Homeland Security on Monday to sign a new and revised executive order barring immigration from Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
The details of the new executive order haven't yet been released and it isn't clear what changes this new order will have in comparison to the original order Trump signed in late January.
That order, which was gutted by federal courts, temporarily halted the United States refugee resettlement program for 120 days, so the Trump administration could establish a complex vetting process. The order also temporarily barred people from seven Muslim-majority nations — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen — from traveling to or entering the U.S. for 90 days.
However, there are rumors floating about Washington over the potential changes Trump's new order will contain. According to the Washington Post, several of the potential changes include:
- Iraq being removed from the list of banned nations because of the Iraqi government's help in fighting the Islamic State
- That the new order won't go into effect immediately after being signed
- And that the new order won't contain a religious minority exception, which many critics argued proved Trump's entire goal behind the order was to prevent Muslims from entering the U.S.
Trump's new order has been rumored for weeks and was scheduled to be signed last week. But the administration pushed back the rollout date after Trump's wildly successful speech to a join session of Congress on Tuesday.
And while the Trump administration is trying to make concessions in an effort to make the executive order more rounded, the American Civil Liberties Union — which led the fight against Trump's first order — has already vowed to see Trump's administration in court over the new, not yet released or signed, executive order.
"We're ready. See you in court (again), @realDonaldTrump," the organization tweeted Saturday afternoon.