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Kelly: New travel ban order will likely exempt green-card holders

Kelly: New travel ban order will likely exempt green-card holders
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President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' MORE’s revised executive order temporarily barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. will be phased in and will likely exempt green-card holders, Homeland Security Secretary John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE said Saturday.

“The president is contemplating issuing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first [executive order],” Kelly said at the Munich Security Conference, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“I will have, this time, the opportunity … to work the roll-out plan in particular to make sure that there’s no one in a sense caught in the system moving from overseas to our airports, which happened in the first release," he said.

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The phase-in period, Mattis said, would allow people who are already in transit to the U.S. to still enter the country. He also said it was a "good assumption" that green card permit holders would be allowed into the country. 

“If they are in motion from some distant land, when they arrive, they will be allowed in,” he said.

Trump issued his initial travel ban order on Jan. 27, but the move immediately faced backlash, with instances of refugees and green-card holders being detained at U.S. airports or barred from entering the country. The administration attempted to clarify after the first couple days of the order's implementation that it didn't affect green-card holders.

Several legal groups filed lawsuits against the administration, before a federal judge in Seattle temporarily blocked the travel ban. That stay was upheld by the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month.

Trump has signaled that his administration would work on a new executive order that could more easily pass legal scrutiny.

As a presidential candidate, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of foreign Muslims entering the U.S. and frequently criticized the country’s refugee resettlement program, which he argued was detrimental to national security.