Trump will drop Iraq from travel ban in new executive order

They said six countries - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - will remain on the travel ban list.

The initial order that came at the end of January led to mass protests in the country and overseas after many people were left stranded at airports waiting to reunite with family members. Even most Europeans polled broadly support such travel and immigration bans.

"We want the (executive order) to have its own 'moment, '" the official said.

The Obama administration implemented a similar suspension of processing refugees from the nation of Iraq in 2011.

The executive order is expected to be released later this week.

President Donald Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a controversial travel ban targeting Muslim majority countries, USA officials said on Wednesday.

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While there is no decision yet, USA diplomats told CBS News' Margaret Brennan they are optimistic the White House will sign off on dropping Iraq from the list.

Civic right lawyers and activists swung into action in the USA, and challenged the order in court, and obtained a stay in NY. The new order will replace the old order that was blocked by the federal courts.

Sources familiar with the new plans told CNN earlier Tuesday the new travel ban will exclude legal permanent residents and existing visa holders from the ban entirely.

The officials declined to discuss specific details of the new order, and one official said its language was still changing as of Tuesday afternoon, a notion that runs counter to claims last week by White House press secretary Sean Spicer that the order was "finalized" and was "awaiting implementation".

As the initial executive order made clear, the travel ban was a temporary measure implemented by the White House to pressure nations to improve their identification compliance procedures.

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