In previous efforts to protect Americans from Muslim terrorism, President Donald Trump temporarily suspended immigration from seven Middle Eastern and African countries so vetting could be improved.
After courts blocked his attempts to secure the homeland, his administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.
He recently revised the travel ban to add Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela. He removed Sudan from the list and retained Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. Consequently, the high court removed the case from its October calendar and asked the parties to submit new briefs.
The Daily Signal looked at differences between the new executive action and the previous ones.
Trump’s executive action will last for 180 days. By that point, the Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence are required to submit a new report suggesting adjustments if necessary.
The new policy includes requirements on issuing electronic passports, sharing criminal data, reporting lost and stolen passports, and sharing more information on travelers designed to help verify the identities and national security risks of those trying to enter the United States.
“The first policy was very much a pre-emptive action based on the threat,” James Jay Carafano, a vice president in charge of national security issues at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. “This is their own policy based on their own assessment, not inherited information from the previous administration.”
John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation is optimistic about the changes. The addition of two countries that don’t have a Muslim majority, North Korea and Venezuela, “could be another reason the Supreme Court might kick the case back to the lower courts for reflection…I believe if the case reaches the courts on the merits, the president will be in good shape.”