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Trump’s New Travel Ban Delayed

President Donald Trump’s newest version of his travel ban executive order, which was to be issued a week ago, has been delayed, White House officials said.

The revised travel ban order should be ready for rollout by the time The Washington Informer goes to press on Thursday, March 2, according to CNN.

The previous executive order signed by Trump during his first week at the Oval Office, which temporarily prohibited people from seven Muslim-majority nations to enter the United States, led to mass protests and public outrage.

The order was even challenged in a court, which blocked the move. Trump later lost an appeal to reinstate the travel ban, prompting him to revise the draft.

Without giving a specific reason for the delay, White House officials told reporters that the new order will address some of the issues that were contested in the courts, the BBC wrote.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly had reportedly said that the updated draft will be a “tighter, more streamlined version of the first executive order.”

Trump’s original order that came into force on January 27 restricted the entry of people from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Sudan from entering the US for 90 days.

The administration had defended the decision saying it was important for the security of Americans. The order was part of extensive measures taken by the new administration to stop illegal flow of immigrants into the United States.

On Feb. 21, Trump issued new memos to empower state and local authorities across the country to enforce laws that would enable them to deport illegal immigrants — a move that has further threatened diplomatic ties with Mexico and other countries.

An intelligence report compiled by DHS’ Intelligence and Analysis Unit has concluded that citizens affected by Trump’s travel ban are “rarely implicated in U.S.-based terrorism,” according to CBS News.

The report concluded that “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity,” and it says that “relatively few” of the citizens of these countries maintain access to the U.S.”

The countries named in the president’s original travel ban were Somalia, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Yemen.

DHS officials, however, are distancing themselves from the report, CBS News reported.

Acting Press Secretary Gillian Christensen called it an “incomplete product that fails to find evidence of terrorism by simply refusing to look at all the available evidence.”

Christensen noted the report was put together from open-source material — mainly from U.S. government press releases and public documents, as opposed to “an official, robust document with thorough interagency sourcing,” and “it doesn’t include data from other intelligence community sources.”

The footnotes to the report acknowledge that the material is open-source and that some of it can be found on the State Department website.

The son of late boxing legend Muhammad Ali was recently held for questioning for nearly two hours at Fort Lauderdale International Airport in Florida and his attorney said it’s all due to his Muslim faith.

Muhammad Ali Jr., 44, was held by immigration officials after they heard his Arabic-sounding name, BET reported.

Ali was traveling with his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali and their friend and lawyer Chris Mancini, who told the Louisville Courier-Journal they were all held because of the sounds of their names. Camacho-Ali, the boxer’s second wife, was released soon after, however, once she showed the US Customs agents a photo of herself with her ex-husband.

Ali, who had no photographic evidence of his connection to his famous father, was held for almost two hours and was continuously asked throughout the period, “Where did you get your name from?” and “Are you Muslim?”

According to Mancini, once Ali said he was Muslim, like his father, the agents delved even further. He added that he believes this was all a part of Trump’s latest agenda.

“To the Ali family, it’s crystal-clear that this is directly linked to Mr. Trump’s efforts to ban Muslims from the United States,” he told the publication.

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Stacy M. Brown

I’ve worked for the Daily News of Los Angeles, the L.A. Times, Gannet and the Times-Tribune and have contributed to the Pocono Record, the New York Post and the New York Times. Television news opportunities have included: NBC, MSNBC, Scarborough Country, the Abrams Report, Today, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Imus in the Morning and Anderson Cooper 360. Radio programs like the Wendy Williams Experience, Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Howard Stern Show have also provided me the chance to share my views.

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