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WSJ: New Trump Travel Ban May Exempt Active Visa Holders

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By    |   Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017 07:13 PM

President Donald Trump is expected to sign a revised travel ban executive order Wednesday that would only apply to future visa applications traveling from seven majority-Muslim countries connected to terrorism, according to news reports Tuesday.

A late draft of the new order would exempt existing visa holders, The Wall Street Journal reported, though further changes could be made before Trump actually signs the order.

The original directive, signed last month, applied to existing visa holders and new applicants — and the State Department said it had revoked nearly 60,000 visas as a result.

A White House spokesman told the Journal he had no comment "on the substance of the new order."

The new directive would affect the countries identified in the original order: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan.

But it also is expected to specify legal permanent residents, or those with green cards, would not be affected by the directive, the Journal reported.

White House officials said green-card holders were exempt after the first order was issued, but the group had been originally banned along with visa holders.

The possible revision would mark a clear scaling back of the original order, major parts of which have been put on hold by a federal appeals court, but it could put any Trump action on a stronger legal foundation.

That would result from any new directive specifically addressing the issue of people who have not been granted approval for U.S. travel from the countries, the Journal reported.

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