WASHINGTON (ABC) -- The Trump administration is unveiling a new executive order on immigration. The secretary of state, director of Homeland Security and the attorney general announced the details at a news conference Monday morning.
President Donald Trump vowed to take the fight over his first travel ban to the Supreme Court but ultimately decided to revoke that order, and on Monday, behind closed doors, signed his new executive order that takes effect March 16.
"While no system can be made completely infallible, the American people can have high confidence we are identifying ways to improve the vetting process and thus keep terrorists from entering our country,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
So what's new?
For starters, Syrian refugees are no longer singled out with an indefinite ban. The order no longer makes exceptions for religious minorities. And it explicitly does not impact dual citizens, and those with valid U.S. visas.
But the new order suspends the entire refugee program for four months. And while Iraq has been removed from the list, there are still six majority-Muslim countries where travel to the U.S. is banned.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says there's good reason to block foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
"Three of these nations are state sponsors of terrorism,” Sessions said. “The other three have served as safe havens for terrorist countries, countries where governments have lost control of their territory to terrorist groups like ISIL or al-Qaeda and its affiliates. This increases the risk that people are admitted here from these countries may belong to terrorist groups or may have been radicalized by them."
Critics still say the order does nothing to improve national security.
"It's mean-spirited, misguided and goes against everything America stands for,” Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer said.
The Washington State attorney general, whose lawsuit brought down the first travel ban, says his team is reviewing this new executive order and considering the next steps.
Kelly responds to new executive order
A local a congressman is supporting the new executive order.
Rep. Mike Kelly, R-3rd District, was a guest speaker a legislative luncheon at the Manufacturer Associaton on Monday. Kelly spoke on a variety of topics from tax reform to trade issues.
When asked about the new executive order on immigration, Kelly said it's about a stronger vetting process for those who want to come into our country and why.
"I talked to many people that say 'listen, we need to bring more engineers here, more scientists more of these folks' but its an open lotto so we have to make sure we are doing visas the right way," Kelly said. "I don't see anything wrong with vetting who is coming here."
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