An Unsound Executive Order

The fundamental flaw in Trump's new foreign travel restrictions.

On Monday President Trump finally issued his revised executive order on immigration, after his first attempt to do so, on January 27, wound up being blocked by the courts. The new order is better than its predecessor because it is less sweeping. It now includes only six countries, not seven; Iraq, which is battling ISIS alongside American troops, got taken off the list. The order also excludes Green Card holders and those who have already been granted visas. And the new order will not take effect for two weeks, giving some notice to those affected, unlike the first order, which took effect immediately and with no advance notice.

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An Unsound Executive Order

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