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Trump's New Travel Ban Doesn't Give Priority to Persecuted Religious Minorities
by Samuel Smith
President Donald Trump signed another executive order on immigration Monday that acts as somewhat of a revision to his Jan. 27 executive order that barred refugee resettlement for 120 days and immigration from seven, now six, Muslim-majority countries for a period of 90 days.
Considering the fact that elements of Trump's first immigration order were struck down in federal court and are currently entangled in a legal battle, Monday's executive order contains a few major changes that the administration is hopeful will make it more successful in overcoming legal challenges.
While the previous order called for persecuted religious minority refugees to receive priority for resettlement in the United States, Monday's order omits language that would give persecuted religious minorities special status in the State Department's refugee resettlement process.
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