Galveston, Texas — President Donald Trump’s administration is proposing to end a three-month-old travel ban on nationals from six Muslim-majority countries and the first wave of travelers from seven nations that the White House says are “security concerns.”
The order would still allow some refugees to enter the country.
Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 27 that banned entry to the United States by nationals of six Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The ban was a reaction to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United Nations compound in New York.
It was the first such order to be rescinded under Trump, who has long been critical of the Muslim-American community and the Muslim world.
The order was suspended by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Jan 1.
But that ruling, issued in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling, allowed the president to immediately lift the ban without the need for an injunction from a federal court.
Under the revised travel ban, some travelers who are already in the country may be barred from re-entering, the White Hill said.
Trump announced the changes in a Twitter post on Tuesday morning.
“The travel ban is working and has the support of many in Congress and the American people.
We will resume the travel ban as soon as possible,” he wrote.
The revised order also bars U.S. officials from allowing travelers from Iran, Syria, North Korea, Venezuela and Iran from entering the United Kingdom and Canada.
It also bans people from Iran from traveling to the U.K., Canada and Australia.
Trump said in his tweet that he will allow all refugees to return to their countries of origin, including those who have family members in those countries.
“We cannot let this refugee crisis go unchecked,” Trump said.
“With the current refugee crisis and the humanitarian crisis in our own country, the world cannot continue to allow this problem to continue.”
The revised travel order includes a ban on refugees from Syria, which has been a major source of controversy as the war in the Middle East has raged.
Trump and other administration officials have said that Syrian refugees are not terrorists and have criticized the Obama administration for allowing them to resettle in the U., and for allowing those who are fleeing the country to enter through Europe.
The State Department announced on Tuesday that it would suspend refugee admissions from Syria until Jan. 28.
The department said that it will not allow any Syrian refugees to settle in the US, but will work with the Trump administration to resettle refugees in the countries where they were resettled in the past.
The move was also expected to impact visa applications for Syrian refugees in countries that have been hit by violence in recent months.
The White House said it has made adjustments to the proposed travel ban.
The travel ban was one of Trump’s signature policy items during his campaign, but he has been slow to implement it in full, with limited cooperation from Congress and administration officials.
It has been criticized by many Democrats and some Republicans for discriminating against Muslims and Muslims-led groups.