Washington, March 6, 2017: US President Donald Trump on Monday signed a revised version of his controversial executive order on immigration, that places a 90-day ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries.
The revised travel order, which excludes Iraq from the original list of seven countries, will go into effect from March 16. The executive order bars citizens from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering America for 90 days.
President Trump signed the new order behind closed doors around 11:30 a.m., media reported.
Iraq was removed from the list after assurances from the Iraqi government of increased information sharing with the US, a senior Department of Homeland Security official told reporters on Monday.
According to the State Department, Visas revoked because of the original travel ban have been fully restored.
“To our allies and partners around the word, please understand this order is part of our ongoing efforts to eliminate vulnerabilities that radical Islamic terrorists can and will exploit for destructive ends,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after the executive order’s signing.
Tillerson, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions unveiled the order in front of reporters.
The directive includes a 120-day ban on all refugees.
The earlier order had triggered chaos at airports around the world as airlines refused to let passengers with visas on to flights bound for the US.