President Trump signs revised version of travel ban

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday to enact a travel ban on six majority-Muslim nations after his previous ban was ensnared in legal

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday to enact a travel ban on six majority-Muslim nations after his previous ban was ensnared in legal challenges.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday to enact a travel ban on six majority-Muslim nations after his previous ban was ensnared in legal challenges. (3/6/17)

WOODBURY - President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday to enact a travel ban on six majority-Muslim nations after his previous ban was ensnared in legal challenges.

The revised ban affects travelers from Syria, Sudan, Iran, Libya, Yemen and Somalia and temporarily suspends the U.S. refugee program. Iraq, which was included in the previous executive order, was left off in the revised version.

President Trump's top cabinet members cited terrorism concerns as the main reason for the ban, but noted that travelers from the six nations who have valid green cards or approved visas will not be affected.

The executive halts the U.S. refugee program for 120 days, then caps the total number of refugees to be allowed into the U.S. this year at 50,000.

The reboot of the ban is seen as a way to address the legal challenges faced by the first version. That order, enacted in January, set off a wave of detainments at U.S. airports, including at JFK International Airport, where a Stony Brook University graduate student returning from abroad was held for hours.

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) says the new ban will help secure the nation, but he expects continued protests.

"I would hope that thoughtful people will look at this carefully and why it is being done," King said. "There is no political gain, there is no mercenary gain. This is to protect American lives."

But some Muslim leaders on Long Island says this revised ban is no different than the first, in that they feel it still targets Muslims unfairly.

"This is a great injustice, and I think it is against the purpose and objective of America," says Muhammad Abdul Jabbar, imam of the Muslim Center of Long Island. He says many Muslims on Long Island are concerned for their relatives in the six affected nations.

The revised travel ban will take effect March 16, which stands in contrast to the first ban that took effect immediately. Supporters say the roll-out period is designed to give federal authorities time to implement the changes.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he is reviewing the revised executive order and is ready to challenge it in court.

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