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19 February 2017 - 20:46
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Rasa - US President Donald Trump’s new executive order on banning Muslims from seven-Muslim-majority countries will be “tighter,” says US Secretary for Homeland Security.
Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (L) and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly (R) listen while US President Donald Trump puts his papers away at the beginning of a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)

RNA - John Kelly made the announcement while in Germany for the 53rd session of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.


“I will tell you that we are contemplating, the president is contemplating releasing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first E.O. And we will have this time opportunity; I will have opportunity, to work the roll-out plan. In particular to make sure that there's no one in a sense caught in the system of moving from overseas to our airports, which happened on the first release," he said.


Trump’s previous order to impose a 90-day entry ban on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia, block refugees from Syria indefinitely, and suspend all refugee admissions for 120 days, was blocked not long after being released by a federal judge.


“It did surprise the United States government that the courts took their action. I don't criticise it. I don't know enough about how they think,” Kelly said.


The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security also said green card residency holders or travelers already on planes will not be blocked.


“As far as the visas go, again, if they're in motion from some distant land to the United States, when they arrive they will be allowed in. That said, we will have a short phase-in period to make sure that people on the other end don't get on airplanes. But if they're on an airplane and inbound they will be allowed to enter the country."


Trump’s first ban triggered outrage across the United States and the world, leading to massive protests against the new administration.


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