Days earlier than the expiration of President Trump’s much-contested journey ban, the White House is reviewing a safety report that aides say might function the idea of a brand new, and maybe broader, model.
The labeled report by the Division of Homeland Safety, despatched to the White Home final week, is a research of the out there safety and intelligence data in international locations worldwide, not simply the six Muslim-majority nations topic to Trump’s order banning journey by their residents to america. That order expires on Sunday.
Primarily based on the findings, Trump might determine to maintain the journey ban in place, or both restrict or broaden it, probably earlier than Sunday.
The order additionally stopped all refugee resettlement within the U.S. for 120 days, in order that ban would proceed in impact for roughly a month extra. The Supreme Court docket in June had allowed the refugee ban to take impact, with exceptions for refugees who might present a “bona fide” connection to the U.S., together with a revised journey ban for 90 days within the six specified nations.
David Lapan, spokesman for the Division of Homeland Safety, stated it was “definitely potential” that extra international locations might come underneath journey restrictions.
“It’s concerning the circumstances within the international locations and the standard of knowledge, and never the political or non secular components,” he stated.
“You’ve got Muslim-majority international locations which might be in civil conflict, you might have Muslim-majority international locations which have main terrorism issues,” Lapan stated. “You can have international locations that weren’t majority-Muslim that may have the identical issues.”
The White Home declined to remark, however Trump, writing on Twitter after the London practice explosion final week, made it clear that he want to put in place even broader journey restrictions.
“The journey ban into america must be far bigger, more durable and extra particular — however stupidly, that may not be politically appropriate!” he tweeted.
White Home nationwide safety advisor H.R. McMaster on Sunday stated a brand new journey ban could be a “first step in higher screening” of who’s making an attempt to enter the nation.
“That is one thing that we’re — the best way to shield the American folks higher,” he stated on ABC’s ”This Week.”
The safety report supplies a gap for the administration to strive as soon as once more to reset its case for the ban, which has been underneath sustained assault within the federal courts ever since its helter-skelter rollout within the early days of Trump’s presidency.
On Jan. 27, every week after taking workplace, Trump signed an order banning entry to the U.S. from residents of seven nations initially — Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Iraq. Issued with scant discover to safety companies, the ban created confusion and protests at airports throughout the nation earlier than federal judges signed orders blocking its implementation.
On March 6, Trump signed a brand new order that dropped Iraq from the listing however stored the ban in place for 90 days for the opposite six international locations. The order instructed Homeland Safety to conduct a “worldwide evaluation” of safety circumstances to find out whether or not the U.S. could possibly be assured that it might establish which vacationers might pose a menace.
The Supreme Court docket allowed the order to take impact on June 26; the 90-day clock runs out on Sunday.
Lapan stated it’s unlikely that international locations equivalent to Syria would drop off the listing. “It’s laborious to say that may occur as a result of circumstances in these international locations wouldn’t change that a lot,” he stated.
Trump himself has added to his administration’s challenges in defending the ban, beginning together with his name throughout final 12 months’s marketing campaign for a “complete and full shutdown of Muslims coming into the U.S.” That allowed attorneys who opposed the measures to argue that they amounted to unconstitutional non secular discrimination towards Muslims.
Even after the ban was rewritten, and the president’s senior officers had been telling reporters that the phrase “ban” was not correct, Trump went on Twitter to insist it was a ban. He criticized the federal courts in addition to his personal Justice Division.
“The Justice Dept. ought to have stayed with the unique Journey Ban, not the watered down, politically appropriate model,” he tweeted.
The Supreme Court docket is scheduled to take up the ban on Oct. 10, however that case could be moot if the administration replaces the order with a 3rd model.
Occasions workers author Brian Bennett in New York contributed to this report.