President Trump's revised immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban, U.S. officials told the Associated Press. The shift in policy comes after increased pressure from the Pentagon and State Department, which urged the White House to reconsider Iraq's positioning on the list, citing their role in countering ISIS.
BREAKING: U.S. officials say new Trump immigration order will remove Iraq from list of countries affected by travel ban.— The Associated Press (@AP) March 1, 2017
The order is expected to replace Trump's earlier immigration ban whose implementation prompted widespread criticism. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the order before it's signing, said that Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will remain on the travel ban list.