Graham expects new travel ban to 'pass legal muster'

Graham expects new travel ban to 'pass legal muster'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Trump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment drama will dominate this week MORE (R-S.C.), a frequent GOP critic of President Trump, said Monday that he expects the new executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries will pass legal muster.

"I have always shared President Trump's desire to protect our homeland," Graham said in a statement.

"This Executive Order will achieve the goal of protecting our homeland and will, in my view, pass legal muster."

Graham, who criticized the rollout of Trump's original travel ban in January, commended the administration for the changes made to the revised travel ban.

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"I congratulate the Administration for modifying the original order to ensure that it is prospective in application, protective of those with valid visas and legal status, and exempts Iraqis, as five thousand Americans are currently fighting alongside them against ISIL," Graham said.

"I believe the new order will withstand legal challenges as it's drafted in a fashion as to not be a religious ban, but a ban on individuals coming from compromised governments and failed states."

Graham said the new order would help to "achieve President Trump's goal of making us safer."

The president on Monday issued a new executive order on immigration that includes key changes from his original order — signed in January — which was blocked by the courts.

The new order removes Iraq from the list of Muslim-majority countries from which travel is temporarily banned. It also halts all refugee admissions to the U.S. for four months. The previous order also contained that provision but it indefinitely barred refugees from Syria.

In the revised order, the administration has struck language that would have given preference to religious minorities, such as Christians from the Middle East, once refugee resettlement resumes, according to a senior administration official.