7 Mar 2017

Trump's new travel ban excludes Iraq

From Morning Report, 7:20 am on 7 March 2017

The American president Donald Trump has signed a new executive order banning travellers from six mostly Muslim countries.

Several hundred demonstrators protest President Donald Trump's executive order which imposes a freeze on admitting refugees into the United States and a ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries at the international terminal at O'Hare Airport on February 1, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois

An immigration ban protest in Chicago on 1 February. Photo: AFP

But unlike his first attempt at a travel ban, which was struck out by the courts, the new order excludes Iraq and will not stop people with green cards or valid visas visiting or working in the US.

It applies to Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and will come into force on the 16th of March.

The Massachusetts Attorney General says he "remains opposed" to Mr Trump's travel ban policy and "will consider all legal options."

But as our Washington correspondent Nina-Maria Potts reports Mr Trump can't afford for this executive order to get stuck in the courts a second time around.