One month after federal judges blocked the President’s first immigration executive order, President Trump has issued a second order aimed at preventing the entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries (down from seven countries banned in the first order).
While the main point of both executive orders remains the same – to exclude foreign nationals from specific countries from entering the U.S. – there are key differences between the first order and this second one.
Differences Between the Two Executive Orders
Most notably, this second immigration ban does not take effect immediately but instead will go live on March 16, 2017. The immediate effect of the first travel ban was one of the grounds on which it was challenged in the courts because foreign nationals and immigration enforcement officers alike were unprepared for how to handle the first ban.