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This morning President Donald Trump signed version two of his travel ban executive order. News 25’s Kendra Turley caught up with Coast residents to see how they feel about the revised directive.
Immigrant rights activist Henry Vanegas said, “This ban isn’t going to prevent much. It’s just going to cause more division between us and people who need help overseas.”
Coast advocates for immigrants rights are not satisfied after President Trump reveals a revised version of his travel ban executive order. “It’s a step in the right direction, however the first one was poorly implemented so just because this is an improvement doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be cautious of what he does,” said Vanegas.
There are several differences between Trump’s new executive order and the order blocked by a federal court in February. This one exempts green card legal residents and does not affect previously issued Visas. Syrian refugees, who originally faced an indefinite ban, will now be treated like other refugees attempting to enter the country. Harry Hewes supports the travel ban. He said, “I think it mainly comes down to a really good and fair vetting process and I think this is just a temporary measure until they have that in place.”
Another change includes the removal of Iraq from the list of countries impacted by the ban, bringing the total down to six countries: Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, and Libya. “It may help, but whether the good overcomes the bad or not, I just don’t know,” said Hewes.
Instead of an immediate application, White House officials say there will be a ten day notice. The new order will not go into effect until March 16th. “I understand the need to say ‘we need to do this legally,’ but at some point we need to ask ourselves what is right and what is wrong,” said Vanegas.

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