Five weeks ago the President signed an executive order banning travel to the U.S. by individuals from seven countries.
The order was enjoined by judges in a number of different lawsuits, for a variety of reasons such as that is covered green card holders and impermissibly sought to determine who could enter the U.S. on the basis of their religion. And other than mere assertions, the administration failed to provide any rational security-based justification for the order.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, however, country of citizenship isn’t a useful indicator of likely terrorist activity because even where foreign born violent extremists have been found here, they were “radicalized several years after their entry into the United States.”
Meanwhile the travel ban had perverse consequences as well.
As I’ve pointed out, in all of the coverage around the chaos that ensued for several days and the judicial review of the order, most people missed that the order also called for departure controls and not just controls on entry to the U.S.
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According to Politico a replacement executive order is expected to be signed on Monday — seeking to withstand judicial scrutiny.
Employees at DHS were instructed to work from home on Monday morning, according to an internal agency email sent late Friday.
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was heading on Saturday to Mar-a-Lago “for an EO launch meeting” with a team from the Department of Justice. They will meet with DHS officials and the president, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Though the administration has claimed their travel order is necessary to protect the country from impending threats, they’ve delayed releasing the new order to maximize public relations benefit.
Signing the executive order Wednesday, as originally indicated by the White House, would have undercut the favorable coverage. The official didn’t deny the positive reception was part of the administration’s calculus in pushing back the travel ban announcement.
“We want the (executive order) to have its own ‘moment,'” the official said.
It’s expected that the new order will exempt green card holders and holders of existing valid visas. They’ll also find a way to thread the needle or drop language giving priority to Christians in Muslim countries, religious discrimination that’s been legally problematic.
Better cross the border quick.