President Trump is expected to unveil an updated executive order banning travel from certain Muslim-majority countries as early as Monday, according to reports Saturday.
The original ban, temporarily barring immigration from seven countries and halting refugees from entering the U.S., was frozen by a federal judge.
Despite claims from the White House that the ban was desperately needed for the sake of national security, officials told CNN that Trump delayed plans to sign the reworked directive in the wake of positive reaction to his first address to Congress.
A senior administration official told the network that they didn’t want to undercut coverage of the President’s speech.
“We want the (executive order) to have its own ‘moment,’ ” the official said.
When the initial travel ban was blocked by the court, Trump accused the judge of putting the country “in peril” and claimed “many very bad and dangerous people may be pouring into our country.”
Trump promised to make the new order harder to fight in court than the one issued in January.
More than two dozen lawsuits were filed against the initial travel ban, which barred travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The new order will likely exclude permanent legal residents, known as green card holders.
The original ban caused chaos at airports as people, including green card holders, were detained and blocked from entering the U.S. Several large protests broke out and airports around the country.
A recent Department of Homeland Security intelligence assessment found that most foreign-born violent extremists do not arrive in the U.S. radicalized, but rather become radicalized after living in the country for years.
Politico first reported that the new ban may be signed on Monday.
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