President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE says he will not let America’s enemies exploit its immigration system and harm its citizens.
“My administration is committed to your security, why is why we will continue to fight to take all necessary and legal action to keep terrorists, radical and dangerous extremists from every entering our country,” he said in his weekly address Friday. "We will not allow our generous system of immigration to be turned against us as a tool for terrorism and truly bad people."
“We must take firm steps today to ensure that we are safe tomorrow. We will defend our country, protect our Constitution and deliver real prosperity for our people.”
Trump told reporters Friday that he is mulling a “brand new order” on immigration as his original executive order faces legal trouble.
“It very well could be,” he said aboard Air Force One when asked if his intent is to issue a new order. "We need speed for reasons of security, so it very well could be.”
Trump dropped a similar hint earlier Friday, suggesting fresh action could come “sometime next week” during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Reports emerged the same day that White House attorneys are rewriting the language of Trump’s initial executive order on immigration.
A senior administration official reportedly said efforts on a new draft began before Thursday’s ruling from the San Francisco-based Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The court on Thursday issued a unanimous ruling rejecting the Trump administration’s request to resume implementing Trump’s temporary travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations.
“We hold that the government has not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its appeal, nor has it shown that failure to enter a stay would cause irreparable injury, and we therefore deny its emergency motion for a stay,” the court said.
Trump’s executive order imposed a 90-day ban on people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen. It also froze general refugee admissions into the U.S. for 120 days, indefinitely pausing Syrian refugees due to Syria’s ongoing civil war.
Trump’s decision has sparked global debate, with critics charging it is unconstitutional and biased against Muslims.
The president has rejected those assertions, countering the move is critical for protecting the U.S. from radical Islamic terrorism.