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LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump today signed a new executive order banning entry to the U.S. of individuals from six Muslim-majority countries and of all refugees. The order is meant to supplant a previous directive issued in January that remains blocked after several courts found it was unlikely to stand up to constitutional muster. That order barred entry from seven Muslim-majority countries and also halted resettlement in the U.S. of any new refugees.
Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:
“Throughout the presidential campaign and even after the signing of the previous executive order banning Muslims and refugees, President Trump and the people who helped him write that order made their discriminatory intentions clear. No amount of ‘tweaks’ will change that. Americans should be outraged by this blatant attempt to rebrand codified religious discrimination and xenophobia. This is nothing more than Muslim Ban 2.0.
“Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban remains fundamentally flawed. Our message to the Trump administration, both then and now, is this: We will see you in court.”