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Kelly Says New Immigration Order Will Vet in More Reliable Way

20 February 2017

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says President Donald Trump is working on a "more streamlined" version of his controversial executive order on immigration.

"The president is contemplating releasing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first [order]", Kelly said Saturday in Munich.

Kelly said this next time he will be able to "make sure that there's no one caught in the system of moving from overseas to our airports".

When asked if the rule will apply to green card holders, Kelly said "it's a good assumption".

"As far as the visas go, again, if they're in motion from some distant land to the United States, when they arrive they will be allowed in".

The original order barred Syrian refugees from the US indefinitely, and blocked for 120 days all refugees fleeing their homelands claiming persecution or fear of violence.

The administration's plan is to leave wide discretion to asylum officers by allowing them to determine which applications have a "significant possibility" of being approved by an immigration court, the sources said. President Donald Trump has criticized the courts for their decisions, saying they threatened national security.

Kelly explained in the guidelines that his new orders supersede former President Barack Obama's exclusive focus on hardened criminals and those with terrorist ties, the newspaper reported.

Federal judges suspended the ban this month on the grounds that it illegally targeted Muslims and had been put into effect without due care or preparation.

The affidavit was filed Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn in a case challenging Trump's ban. The agency chief added, however, that there would be a "short phase-in period" to ensure affected travelers in other countries were not allowed to board airliners prematurely, to evade the travel ban.

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The abrupt implementation of the ban, which was enforced just hours after it was signed, caught many officials and travelers unaware, leading to chaos and protests at worldwide airports in the USA and overseas.

The replacement order could be issued as early as tomorrow, the Journal reported, citing a USA government official.

Raids in early February, in which Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (ICE) rounded up more than 680 people in almost a dozen states, spurred widespread fear across immigrant communities.

Rebecca Heller, director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, part of the legal team representing the plaintiffs, said the numbers and circumstances do not reflect what immigration attorneys have been told by individuals who were detained.

An unidentified White House official told The Washington Post the draft memos are under review by the White House Counsel's Office.

The 44 airport denials all took place on two days, January 27 and 28, according to Todd Hoffman, who oversees admissions and processing of global visitors and travelers for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

"Their claim that everyone left voluntarily and this idea that anyone who wants come back can just call up (U.S. customs officials) is just ludicrous", she said.

The guidelines direct homeland security department personnel to use their discretion and to feel free to arrest any alien they have probably cause to believe is in violation of USA immigration laws.

The affidavit said the list of 141 individuals has been provided to the State Department.

Kelly Says New Immigration Order Will Vet in More Reliable Way