Thursday’s immigration actions came as President Trump said he will issue a new executive order on immigration rather than challenge a federal court’s freeze on his ban on refugees and travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations. Trump said at Thursday’s press conference he will sign the new executive order next week.
President Donald Trump: “As far as the new order, the new order is going to be very much tailored to the—what I consider to be a very bad decision. But we can tailor the order to that decision and get just about everything—in some ways, more. But we’re tailoring it now to the decision. We have some of the best lawyers in the country working on it.”
President Trump’s January 27 executive order canceled tens of thousands of visas, stranding travelers worldwide. It prompted unprecedented mass protests at airports around the U.S. Earlier this month, a unanimous panel on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals placed a stay on the order, saying the government failed to show that anyone from the seven majority-Muslim nations targeted in the travel ban had committed acts of terrorism.