Trump re­sets clock on his travel ban pro­ce­dures

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY STEPHEN DINAN

Pres­i­dent Trump re­set the clock on his ex­treme vet­ting poli­cies Wed­nes­day, say­ing that he will fol­low through on his full 90-day halt to ad­mis­sions from six ma­jor­ity-Mus­lim coun­tries and a 120-day pause in refugee ad­mis­sions once the courts lift their block­ades.

In the mean­time, he said, the gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to is­sue travel visas and to ac­cept all pre­vi­ously is­sued visas as long as they re­main valid.

The move set­tled a tech­ni­cal le­gal dis­pute that has bro­ken out in re­cent days.

Op­po­nents of Mr. Trump’s travel ban said that the 90-day halt on en­try from Iran, Libya, So­ma­lia, Su­dan, Syria and Ye­men was sup­posed to be­gin March 16, which means it would ex­pire this month.

But some an­a­lysts had said that since the start date was de­layed, the 90-day clock never tolled.

Mr. Trump of­fi­cially adopted that stance Wed­nes­day in a memo for the Jus­tice, State and Home­land Se­cu­rity de­part­ments and the in­tel­li­gence ser­vices.

“I hereby di­rect the Sec­re­tary of State, the At­tor­ney Gen­eral, the Sec­re­tary of Home­land Se­cu­rity, and the Di­rec­tor of Na­tional In­tel­li­gence to jointly be­gin im­ple­men­ta­tion of each rel­e­vant pro­vi­sion of sec­tions 2 and 6 of the Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der 72 hours af­ter all ap­pli­ca­ble in­junc­tions are lifted or stayed with re­spect to that pro­vi­sion, to en­sure an or­derly and proper im­ple­men­ta­tion of those pro­vi­sions,” the pres­i­dent said in the memo.

Two fed­eral ap­peals courts have up­held in­junc­tions on the ma­jor parts of Mr. Trump’s travel ban pol­icy.

The Jus­tice Depart­ment is ask­ing the U.S. Supreme Court to re­in­state the pol­icy. The op­pos­ing sides cur­rently are ex­chang­ing le­gal fire in brief­ing pa­pers with the high court.

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