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White House delayed new travel ban until next week

White House delayed new travel ban until next weekThe administration of U.S. president has again pushed back plans to release an updated version of an executive order that temporarily blocked all refugee admissions along with visits to the United States by residents of seven different Muslim-majority countries.

The White House again signaled it would keep fighting for the original order in court, even while releasing a new one.

A White House official told reporters on Wednesday that the new order would come out "sometime next week".

The White House gave no real hints on what changes are being made, or why the review is taking so long to finish – but officials have said they don’t think the new ban will be much different than the original one.

“Nothing was wrong with the first executive order,” said White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller on Fox News, as he blamed a “flawed judicial ruling” that has held up implementation of the order.

“It’s still going to have the same basic policy outcome for the country,” Miller said in an interview, without really giving any details on how it would change.

Meanwhile, the lack of a new executive order is causing some heartburn in the courts, where the Justice Department is still making the case that the original order was constitutional.

Even before knowing what’s in the new order, groups like the American Civil Liberties Union have already signaled that they are ready to go back to court against the new order, especially with indications from the White House that the policy will be the same.

Trump's initial order, signed in January, banned anyone from seven majority-Muslim countries - Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya - from entering the US for 90 days. It also halted refugee resettlement for 120 days and banned Syrian refugees indefinitely.

But the measure was blocked by a Seattle court, in a decision that was later upheld by 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the government had not proved the terror threat justified reviving the ban.
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