Trump likely to draft new executive order on immigration

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On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump told reporters he might sign a “brand new order” in response to legal challenges to his original immigration executive order.

The Trump administration has signaled that it will not ask the Supreme Court to review the controversial ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Given that the Supreme Court vacancy left by Antonin Scalia remains vacant, there is a real chance of a 4-4 split on the bench along political lines.

The original executive order suspended citizens from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Somalia from visiting or seeking asylum in the United States on a temporary basis. Within hours, the order invited a wave of controversy.

Last week a Seattle Federal Judge froze the implementation of Trump’s order. Late Thursday night, the 9th Circuit denied a Trump administration request to lift the order.

Regardless, legal consensus is forming that a new order can be drafted with tighter language to withstand the courts.

In the meantime, the 9th Circuit decision keeps travel and immigration to the United States open to 7 middle eastern nations that the executive order restricted. Trump has voiced an interest in moving fast on a new solution, “[w]e need speed for reasons of security.”

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