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New Trump immigration order out next week; travel ban appeal dropped

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump yesterday said he will announce a new executive order on immigration next week, pressing on with an amended version of the much-criticized travel ban now caught up in court.
“We will be issuing a new and very comprehensive order to protect our people,” he told a news conference.
The Department of Justice announced soon after that it wants to drop an appeal against a court ruling that suspended the travel ban targeting nationals from seven mainly Muslim countries as well as all refugees.
The ban’s stated goal is to keep out terrorists.
The January 27 order was widely criticized as amounting to simply a ban on Muslims, and also for being rolled out sloppily — with virtually no warning to the public or preparation of the agencies tasked with enforcing it.
It triggered worldwide outrage as well as protests in America and chaos in the first days of its implementation as peoplearriving at US airports from targeted countries were detained and sometimes sent back to where they came from.

Trump nevertheless hailed the introduction of the travel ban as smooth. He criticized the court order suspending the ban as “a very bad decision, very bad for the safety and security of our country. The rollout was perfect.”
The Justice department announced it would drop the attempt to salvage Trump’s executive order in a brief filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. But it is not a given the case will be dropped. The government asked that it at least be put aside as the administration prepares its new immigration order.
The new order would address complaints from a three-judge panel of the court to the effect that parts of the first order were unconstitutional, the department said.
“Rather than continuing this litigation, the president intends in the near future to rescind the order and replace it with a new, substantially revised executive order to eliminate what the panel erroneously thought were constitutional concerns,” the brief states.
“In so doing, the president will clear the way for immediately protecting the country rather than pursuing further, potentially time-consuming litigation,” it added.
Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested some 680 people across the United States as part of a crackdown by the new administration on the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
Officials insist the raids targeted known criminals but rights advocates say people with no serious criminal records were also detained.
‘Day without immigrants’
In the New York region and around the country, many cooks, carpenters, plumbers and grocery store owners decided to answer it and not work on Friday as part of a national “day without immigrants” in protest of the Trump administration’s policies toward them.
The protest called for immigrants, whether naturalized citizens or undocumented, to stay home from work or school, close their businesses and abstain from shopping.    

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